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Afghan Militants Kill 4 in Attack on U.S. Contractor

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July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Six suicide attackers stormed the office of a U.S. aid contractor in northern Afghanistan today, killing two local security personnel and two foreign nationals.

Militants targeted a building housing Development Alternatives, Inc. in Kunduz city, provincial governor Mohammad Omar said in a phone interview. A 32-year-old German man working as a security guard for DAI was among those killed, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke told reporters in Berlin today. He didn’t identify the man. Agence France-Presse reported that a second foreigner had been killed but gave no further details.

“Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a car which they took to the U.S. aid organization,” Omar said. “Four of them entered around 3:45 a.m.” An Afghan security guard and a local policeman died in fighting, he said.

The website of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, describes Washington D.C.-based DAI as an “implementing partner” for projects it funds in Afghanistan. DAI, which operates around the world, has managed development projects supporting small and medium-sized businesses in the country since 2002 for USAID and another donor, DAI said in a statement last year posted on its website.

The administration of President Barack Obama has described its strategy in the now nine-year conflict as an effort to slow the Taliban insurgency while building up the Afghan government’s capacity to extend security and effective governance across the country.

A force of 142,000 U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops is in the midst of an offensive to try to push the Taliban out of their stronghold in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eltaf Najafizada in Kabul, Afghanistan at enajafizada1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Williams at mwilliams108@bloomberg.net

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