French victim of Baghdad blast was 'technician'

15th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 15 (AFP) - France on Tuesday said a Frenchman who was among 16 killed in a Baghdad bomb attack this week was a "company technician" and not a private security guard.

PARIS, June 15 (AFP) - France on Tuesday said a Frenchman who was among 16 killed in a Baghdad bomb attack this week was a "company technician" and not a private security guard.

"He was not security personnel but a company technician," foreign ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous said.

He did not name the man, adding that the "completely burnt" body had not yet been formally identified.

Five foreigners - the Frenchman, two Britons, an American and a victim identified by one diplomatic source as a Filipino - died in the Monday blast along with 11 Iraqis. More than 60 people were wounded.

The foreigners had been travelling in a convoy of three vehicles when the explosion occurred in a busy city street.

Britain on Tuesday said their two nationals killed were former paratroopers working for a private security firm as contracted guards.

A spokesman for their company, Olive Security, said they had been hired to provide security for personnel working on restoring Iraq's shattered power networks.

A Western diplomat in Baghdad said all five foreigners killed had been working for the US defence and energy conglomerate General Electric.

Speaking about the delay in confirming the Frenchman's identity, Ladsous said: "It's extremely complicated to be certain that the person reported missing really is the one whose body has been recovered."

He said French diplomats in Baghdad were working on verifying the man's identity and the foreign ministry was in contact with the man's family and his employer.

Iraqi interim interior minister, Falah al-Nakib, told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television station that, "according to initial information, those who carried out the blast were not Iraqis... They came from abroad."

© AFP

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