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Blackwater guards shoot civilians in Afghanistan


Four guards employed by Blackwater (now renamed Xe), a company founded by Michigan native Erik Prince, have sparked yet another international incident by opening fire on a vehicle full of Afghani civilians after a car accident in Kabul, Afghanistan...

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Blackwater guards shoot civilians in Afghanistan

Ed Brayton

May 18, 2099

Four guards employed by Blackwater (now renamed Xe), a company founded by Michigan native Erik Prince, have sparked yet another international incident by opening fire on a vehicle full of Afghani civilians after a car accident in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Four U.S. contractors affiliated with the company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide fired on an approaching civilian vehicle in Kabul this month, wounding at least two Afghan civilians, according to the company and the U.S. military.

The off-duty contractors were involved in a car accident around 9 p.m. on May 5 and then fired on the approaching vehicle, which they believed to be a threat, according to the U.S. military. At least some of the men, who were former military personnel, had been allegedly drinking alcohol that evening, according to a person familiar with the incident. Off-duty contractors aren’t supposed to carry weapons or drink alcohol.

The men have been fired by Blackwater, but have been ordered not to leave the country. They may face charges due to the incident. Blackwater earlier this year was forbidden from operating in Iraq because of a string of similar incidents, including the shooting of the Iraqi Vice President’s bodyguard by a Blackwater employee while he was drunk.



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