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Hamtramck woman killed in Afghanistan

Tribute candle (courtesy Dutcher Funeral Home)
Tribute candle (courtesy Dutcher Funeral Home)

HAMTRAMCK (WKZO) -- A Hamtramck woman was killed in an attack in Afghanistan on Friday.

Basra Hassan, who worked as a nutrition specialist for UNICEF, was one of three American citizens and one of 21 people killed in a bombing at a popular restaurant in Kabul.  The attack was one of the deadliest against foreign civilians since the war started 13 years ago.

According to UNICEF spokeswoman Sarah Crowe, the 59-year-old Hassan set up nutrition and monitoring stations in Afghanistan and helped set up a number of therapeutic clinics there.  Born in Somalia, Hassan obtained her master's degree from Eastern Michigan University and has two sisters who currently live in Michigan.