BAGHDAD — The U.S. military said Saturday that four American contractors were slain in Iraq last month, as a British newspaper published a chilling account of the attack.
A military spokesman said the Sept. 20 incident occurred when insurgents fired on a convoy in Duluiya, north of Baghdad. No reason was given why details were not released before.
The victims were Americans employed by KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton Corp. KBR said Saturday that it previously had confirmed that three of its employees died in the attack; the discrepancy could not be immediately reconciled.
Britain's Daily Telegraph, quoting a U.S. officer in the area who had spoken to soldiers in the incident, said at least two men were dragged from their vehicle onto the road, forced to kneel and then killed.