Namibian killed in Afghanistan
Froese’s death was confirmed by U.S Protection and Investigations Deputy Managing Director in Kabul Bill Durpe to the media. The Namibian citizen and three Afghans had been travelling on the main road linking Kandahar city with Herat, the main city in western Afghanistan, when they fell victim to a roadside bomb. The men were apparently working for US Protection and Investigations, an American-based firm that provides security for a construction company in that area. Namibia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Director of Communications, Isaack Hamata, told The Southern Times that they had been unable to get any more information other than what was reported by the international news agencies. “But we are working through our diplomatic channels,” he said, adding that if and when the identity of the person was confirmed, the next of kin would be informed. The Associated Press quoted US Protection and Investigations deputy Managing Director Bill Dupre as saying that the four men died instantly when their vehicle caught the “full brunt” of a remote-controlled bomb blast. The men had apparently been travelling in a convoy. A number of other vehicles travelling with them were reported to have escaped the blast unscathed.