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Families of soldiers killed by interpreter in Afghanistan accuse US contractor of negligence

WASHINGTON -Associated Press at Canadian Press  July 12, 2011

In the rush to send more interpreters to work alongside American troops in Afghanistan, a U.S. defence contractor called Mission Essential Personnel hired Nasir Ahmad Ahmadi, a slightly built and emotionally troubled 23-year-old. Just a few months after Ahmadi arrived at an Army Special Forces base near Kabul, he was ordered to pack his bags and leave. The soldiers were alarmed by his strange behaviour, his inability to do the job and the foul condition of his living quarters. They suspected he used drugs.

Instead of getting ready for the next flight out, Ahmadi grabbed an AK-47 assault rifle from another interpreter’s room on the base and started shooting. He killed Specialist Marc Decoteau, a 19-year-old just a few weeks into his first tour of duty, and Capt. David Johnpaul Thompson, 39, a veteran soldier and the father of two young girls. At close range, Ahmadi shot Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Russell, 37, hitting him in the legs. Russell survived. All three soldiers were unarmed.

An alert Army sergeant ended the rampage at Firebase Nunez when he drew his pistol and killed Ahmadi, a native of Afghanistan who had immigrated to the United States in 2009.

On Monday, nearly 18 months after the shootings in January 2010, Russell and the families of Decoteau and Thompson filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in North Carolina that accuses Mission Essential Personnel of negligence and breach of contract.

It said the company failed to look into Ahmadi’s background and did not properly test him to ensure he was psychologically sound before giving him a job.

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July 12, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Interpreters, Mission Essential Personnel, Private Military Contractors, Safety and Security Issues, Vetting Employees | , , , ,

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