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U.S. contractor slain in Baghdad attack

By Joe Sterling, CNN
  • State Department identifies victim as Stephen Everhart
  • Everhart was working on a new university business curriculum
  • Three other people were wounded in convoy attack in Baghdad

(CNN) -- An American contractor who worked with a U.S. government agency in Iraq was killed Thursday in a "terrorist attack" on a convoy in Baghdad, the State Department said.

Dr. Stephen Everhart is an "international development and finance expert" who worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development's mission in Iraq, the department said in a statement.

Three other people in the U.S. convoy were wounded in the attack.

Everhart had been "working on a project to introduce a new business curriculum to a Baghdad university in a program supported by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education," according to the statement from State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

"His support of efforts to advance a modern and efficient financial sector has benefited the people and business enterprises of Iraq and his lifelong dedication to public service has improved the lives of countless people around the world," the statement said.

"We are saddened by this tragedy and extend our thoughts and prayers to Dr. Everhart's family and loved ones, and to the three other injured victims and their families."