Columbus Military Contractor Sued Over Soldiers’ Deaths

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A Columbus-based military contractor faces a new lawsuit by the families of American soldiers killed and wounded by an interpreter in Afghanistan last year.

Interpreter and Afghanistan native Nasi Ahmad Ahmadi was hired by Mission Essential Personnel in the summer of 2009 and was quickly embedded at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in North Carolina said problems of drug use, insubordination and troubling writings about death and the afterlife soon followed.

The military said after learning he was being transferred, Ahmadi stole an AK-47 and opened fire inside an operations center, killing two soldiers. The suit said contractor Mission Essential Personnel failed to vet or manage Ahmadi. The claim accuses them of, among other things, negligence, breach of contract and wrongful death.

In a statement, mission Essential Personnel said Ahmadi went through a battery of tests before his assignment. The company calls his actions “entirely unforeseeable.”