Eight Kabul Embassy Guards Fired for Hazing, Photo-Evidence
Eight guards stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan have been fired for allegations of hazing; unfortunately for the guards there was photographic evidence to prove their guilt. Two other guards have quit for being tied to the incident.
The 10 guards were seen in “offensive” pictures released by a watchdog group that made the allegations this week, the U.S. said. They are leaving the country today.
The management team in place during the incident is being completely replaced with an as-of-yet unknown contractor. ArmorGroup is owned by Wackenhut Services Inc. which has agreed to cooperate and comply with the State Department in their investigation.
The embassy’s security office is interviewing every ArmorGroup guard and a team from the State Department inspector general’s office has arrived in Kabul to begin an investigation, the e-mailed statement said. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said 120 interviews had been conducted as of today.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation the State Department may terminate their contract with the security firm.