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Militants Attack Civilian Contractor in Western Afghanistan

The New York Times  November 3, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents attacked a logistics company Es-Ko that works with NATO Italian Troops in the western city of Herat on Thursday, igniting a three-hour gun battle that left two Afghan security guards and five insurgents dead, local officials said.

Afghan and coalition forces evacuated 31 civilians from the compound during the attack, which took place about a half mile from NATO’s regional headquarters in Heart Province, said Sgt. Juan Ardura Santa Engracia, a spokesman for the regional NATO command. At least four people were wounded, according to initial unconfirmed reports.

Herat has been one of the safest major cities in the country and was among seven locations that began the transition from coalition troops to Afghan security forces in July, though NATO troops maintain a substantial presence there.

The attack was the latest to take place in or near a heavily fortified urban area after militants staged a similar attack in Kandahar City on Monday that killed five people, including a senior police chief and three Afghan workers with the United Nations refugee agency.

November 3, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, NATO, Private Security Contractor | , , , , ,

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