17 June 2012 /AP
A provincial police officer in Iraq said a roadside bomb has killed one security contractor and wounded three others working for a Turkish security company in the country’s north. Col. Badkar Shokur says the bomb exploded on Sunday morning as a two-vehicle convoy was traveling in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad.
Shokur says the four victims were Iraqis working for a Turkish company providing security for a Turkish construction project. Security contractors are among the favorite targets for al-Qaeda-linked insurgents who seek to undermine government efforts to attract foreign companies to help Iraq in post-war reconstruction.