Dyncorp employee Gary Willard killed in attack on Afghanistan Police Training Facility
June 8, 2010 – An American police mentor and a Nepalese security guard working under DynCorp International’s Afghan police training contract were tragically killed yesterday, when insurgents attacked a police training facility in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Gary W. Willard, 44, of Resaca, Georgia, deployed to Afghanistan as a police mentor on June 22, 2009. Prior to his work in Afghanistan, he was a sergeant with the Calhoun Police Department in Georgia. Earlier, he spent almost ten years with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office in Dalton, Georgia. Before his law enforcement career he was a member of the United States Marine Corps.
Hit Bahadur Gurung, 39, of Nepal worked as a security guard at the Kandahar police training facility.
“These men supported the mission in Afghanistan with courage, honor and excellence, and gave their lives in pursuit of a more secure Afghanistan,” says CEO Bill Ballhaus. “We extend our deepest sympathies to their families, loved ones and colleagues.”
Private security contractors also are facing an increase in Taliban attacks across Afghanistan. A U.S. contractor who was training Afghan police was killed on June 7 along with a Nepalese security guard by a brazen suicide attack on a police station in Kandahar.
Two civilian contractors training police, an American and a Nepalese, also died in a brazen suicide attack Monday in the southern city of Kandahar.
Two foreign nationals were killed in a suicide bomb and commando attack on an Afghan police training centre in Kandahar today, officials said.
An American and another unidentified foreigner, both with the US security firm DynCorp, which is contracted to help with police training, were killed in the attack.
The Kandahar governor’s spokesman said one suspected Taliban insurgent blew himself up, blasting open the gates of the training centre and allowing two other insurgents to enter and start a gunfight before they were killed.
At least two people were killed, including a US contractor, when suicide bombers attacked a police training centre in Kandahar on Monday in the latest Taliban assault aimed at countering a big Nato operation to secure the city.
The US embassy said an American working for Dyncorp, the US security company, and another foreign national were among the dead.
Police gunned down two of the would-be bombers after the first attacker blew himself up in an attempt to breach the base wall, said Zemarai Bashary, interior ministry spokesman.
Mr Bashary denied that anybody had been killed apart from the three assailants. It was not immediately possible to account for the discrepancy between his account and the report of at least two civilian deaths announced by the US embassy