Four Afghans die in Kabul in accident involving U.S. contractor


KABUL (BNO NEWS) — Four Afghans were killed on Friday when their car was struck by a vehicle belonging to U.S. contractor DynCorp International (DI), officials said on Saturday.

The accident happened on a road near Kabul International Airport on Friday afternoon. “DynCorp International (DI) personnel were involved in a car accident in Kabul when an Afghan vehicle unexpectedly pulled in front of them on a road to the airport,” a statement from the company said.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said the Afghan vehicle was carrying four Afghan passengers at the time of the accident, while the DI vehicle was carrying four company employees.

DI said that, when the DI personnel exited their vehicle to assess the situation and assist, a crowd quickly formed and began to attack the DI team. “Their vehicle was set on fire,” the company said.

DI said a second team belonging to the company arrived on the scene to assist and was also attacked by the crowd, which was shouting “Death to America!” The second vehicle was also set on fire, after which local police arrived on scene.

“DI personnel took no action against the crowd, deferring to the local police who took action to disperse the crowd and remove the DI team to safety,” the company said.

The four people on board the Afghan vehicle were killed, police said. “Our condolences go out to the families of those who were killed or injured,” DI said. “An investigation into the accident is underway and, until that investigation is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

The employees involved in the accident are working under a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

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