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Insurgents kill eight security guards

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on October 18, 2010

Will update as information becomes available

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Eight guards working for a private security company were killed in a clash with insurgents in Afghanistan, officials said. Three other guards were wounded.

The fighting occurred Sunday in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, CNN reported Monday.

The unnamed company provides security for a private firm working on the Kandahar-Heart Highway, said Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman for Helmand’s governor.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s administration has called for the dissolution of virtually all private security firms operating in the country. He said exceptions are firms protecting embassies and foreign diplomats, the report said.

Karzai said security companies not protecting embassies and diplomats “are a strong threat for the national security and the national sovereignty of the country.”

He ordered that 52 private security firms operating in Afghanistan be phased out by the end of 2010.

The U.S. State Department said if the plan is implemented it will leave critical aid personnel unprotected and unable to do their work.  Original story here

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