Woman from upstate NY killed in Syria suicide bomb attack

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The U.S. Department of Defense has identified a Dutchess County woman as one of the three Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria earlier this week.

Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent was from Pine Plains, NY.

“We mourn the death of Dutchess County’s Shannon Kent in Syria,” Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro tweeted Friday. “May her light shine on through her friends and loved ones, and may her family find peace during this difficult time. Dutchess County will long remember Shannon’s service to our nation and her ultimate sacrifice.”

Senator Chuck Schumer also tweeted his condolences Friday morning.

“To Shannon’s family and the families of these brave members of our Armed Forces: I salute your selflessness. We owe you a debt we can never repay,” tweeted Senator Schumer.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer, Department of Defense civilian Scott A. Wirtz were also among those killed in Wednesday’s attack.

The fourth American, who was working as a contractor and was killed, has not been identified yet.

The Islamic State claimed credit for Wednesday’s attack in the Syrian city of Manbij, where U.S. forces train.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags to half-staff to honor Kent starting Friday until interment.

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