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February 7, 2009

U.S. diplomat killed in Ethiopian capital

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U.S. diplomat killed in Ethiopian capital

Thu Feb 5, 2009 10:31am EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. diplomat was killed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Saturday but the circumstances of his death are unclear, State Department officials said on Thursday.

The 25-year-old diplomat, Brian Adkins, was found dead in his home in Addis Ababa, officials said.

“The death is under investigation and we are coordinating closely with the government of Ethiopia,” said a State Department official, who asked not to be named as the department had not officially released details of the death.

Another official said it was a suspected homicide and that U.S. diplomatic security were looking into the incident.

Adkins was a foreign service officer who worked in the consular section of the embassy. A graduate of George Washington University in Washington, Ethiopia was his first foreign assignment for the State Department.

(Reporting by Sue Pleming; Editing by Eric Beech)



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