KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. company DynCorp International on Monday named three employees who were killed by a car bomb that hit their armored car in Kabul at the weekend, saying the men all worked on a program to train the Afghan army and police.
The suicide attack outside a hospital on a busy residential street killed nine Afghan civilians and wounded more than 60. It was one of several attacks on military, civilian and foreign targets in recent weeks in the Afghan capital.
Two of the men, Richard McEvoy, 57, and Barry Sutton, 46, were from the state of Georgia, while the third, Corey Dodge, 40, was from Maine, the company said in a statement.
McEvoy, 57, was a retired U.S. Army colonel who joined the company in 2008. He managed a largely U.S.-funded program to advise and mentor Afghanistan’s police and army which the other two also worked on.
“These men were true patriots. They dedicated their lives to service and were making a difference on behalf of their country,” said Lou Von Thaer, chief executive officer of DynCorp International.
DynCorp is the biggest U.S. contractor in Afghanistan. Between 2002 and 2013, the U.S. State Department paid it $2.8 billion in contracts to train and equip police and counter-narcotics forces, according to U.S. military auditor SIGAR.
DynCorp’s parent Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc. reported a loss of $90 million in the second quarter of 2015, something it largely attributed to the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Robin Pomeroy