UT grad injured in Afghanistan bombing

UT grad injured in Afghanistan bombing

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Kelly Hunt (Source: Facebook) Kelly Hunt (Source: Facebook)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Another person with local ties was involved in a deadly bombing over the weekend in Afghanistan.

The University of Tennessee reported Tuesday that Kelly Hunt was injured in a suicide bombing on Saturday.

Hunt received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at the University of Tennessee.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Ward, an Oak Ridge High School graduate, was killed in an attack in Afghanistan over the weekend.

The U.S. Department of Defense has not released official information about the weekend attacks, so it is unclear if Hunt and Ward were affected by the same attack.

According to Hunt's LinkedIn profile, she works as a public diplomacy officer for the State Department.

The University of Tennessee quotes a post that Hunt's mother made on Kelly's Facebook page about her condition:

"She had suffered a complex skull fracture and was being monitored for bleeding and pressure," the post said. "She's not out of the woods yet, so please continue to keep her in your prayers."

A later post by Hunt's mother says she underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from her body and was being transported to an American base in Germany.

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