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Father running to raise money in memory of Iraq tragedy son

A worker at Shropshire-based wine merchants Tanners whose son was kidnapped and executed in Iraq is preparing to run the London Marathon this weekend in his memory.


Shropshire Star April 15, 2011

Alec Maclachlan was killed in the war-torn country following a lengthy abduction. The 30-year-old was working as a security guard when he was abducted along with four other Britons by Shi’ite militants in a raid on Iraq’s finance ministry in 2007.

His body was handed over to British authorities in 2009.

Now, Alec’s father Colin Maclachlan, who is business development manager for Tanners Wines in the Mid Wales area, is preparing for the gruelling 26.2 mile event this weekend to ensure his son’s memory lives on.

He is raising cash for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, a national organisation which supports soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.

Colin, who is in his 60s, was due to be joined by his other son Ross, 34, but the soldier has been called out at short notice to serve in Afghanistan.

“I have done a few half marathons before but never a full marathon,” said Colin.

“I am doing this because Alec had his best times in the Army. He had served in Iraq and wanted to go back and rebuild the country. The very people he was trying to help are the ones who killed him which I find so sad.”

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Iraq | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guard in Olympics explosives arrest

Third arrest over explosives ‘found in car’ belonging to security guard

The Daily Mail April 2, 2011

A third person has been arrested at London’s Olympic Stadium site on suspicion of supplying explosives.

The 61-year-old man is being questioned by police after officers from the Olympic Site Support Unit stopped and searched a woman in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane on Tuesday.

 

UK Press Association March 30, 2011

A female security guard has been arrested near London’s Olympic Stadium site on suspicion of possessing explosives and drugs.

The 40-year-old dog handler was held after her vehicle was searched, but police said the incident was not thought to be terror-related.

Scotland Yard said police recovered a very small amount of a substance, which was being forensically examined.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “On March 29, acting on information received, police stopped and searched a woman in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane. Her vehicle was searched and a 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of possession of an explosive substance and Class A drugs. She is in custody at an east London police station.  Please see the entire article here

A spokesman for security firm G4S, which earlier this month signed a deal to be the official security firm for the Games, said: “Our canine services team is licensed to hold small samples of explosives for training purposes and are required to undertake rigorous training and follow strict operational processes. G4S take breach of operational processes very seriously and are assisting the police with their inquiries in relation to this incident.”

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, G4S | , , , , , | Leave a comment

2 ISAF members killed in shooting incident with security guard

Update
Two NATO soldiers, guard killed in Afghan shooting

Two foreign soldiers and a security guard were killed in a shooting in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, sparking an investigation, the NATO-led force said. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it was probing the incident, but did not give any further details or reveal the nationalities of the victims.

Stars and Stripes March 19, 2011

Two International Security Assistance Force servicemembers died in southern Afghanistan on Saturday after a shooting incident with a security guard, ISAF announced in a news release.

It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities, the command said, adding that the incident is under investigation.

While rare, violence against coalition forces by security guards or Afghan forces is not unheard of. There have been at least four incidents during the past nine months:

March 19, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, ISAF, Private Security Contractor | , , , | Leave a comment