Shawn and Half Fast....
Haven't heard from you two in a few days ....Just heard the horrible news about the "GE Power Plant Turbine contractors killed working" near Baghdad and HOPE TO GOD that you are both OK!!!!!!
PLEASE let us know you both are alright!
We sure are praying you can get everything running and get your tails back home safe and sound, with tons of well earned money to enjoy and play with.
In the meantime -- PLEASE BE SAFE!
This is just TOO frightening.
Western Power Workers Killed in Iraq Car Blast
By Emma Gunby, PA News
Five foreigners, including two Britons, who were killed by a car bomb in Baghdad were working to reconstruct electricity supplies in the country, it was confirmed today.
The western workers, who included two security contractors employed to keep workers safe, were among 12 people who died when three 4x4 vehicles were blown up.
All five were employed by Granite Services Inc, a subsidiary company of GE Energy Products.
Three foreigners were also wounded, said Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, adding that the foreigners had been helping to rebuild Iraq's battered electricity sector.
"The occupation told us that two British, one American, one French and one Filipino national were among the dead," a diplomatic source said.
Adding to the carnage, the explosion brought down part of a building and destroyed a row of shops, including a liquor store, in crowded Sadoun Street on the east bank of the Tigris river.
Louise Binns, a spokeswoman for the international company, refused to reveal details of the employees’ nationalities but said work in Iraq would continue.
She added: “Tragically, three employees of a wholly-owned subsidiary company of GE, Granite Services Inc, and two security contractors have been killed today in a car-bombing in Baghdad.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, as well as the others killed and injured in this attack.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and those supporting our efforts.
“We have taken extraordinary measures to keep them safe and we will continue to work with the Iraqi authorities to protect our people. We remain committed to the reconstruction of Iraq.”
Granite Services Inc provides engineering and technical services to the power generation industry and is understood to have been in Iraq helping to re-establish power turbines, which were destroyed during the war.
Casualty figures in the Baghdad attack were incomplete in the chaos, as Iraqis crammed the injured into private vehicles and rushed them to different hospitals and clinics following the car-bombing – the 17th in Iraq this month.
Iraqi civil defence chief Colonel Qadri Abdul-Latif said at least 12 people were killed, many in shops and a two-storey building that were heavily damaged in the blast, which occurred at Tahrir Square on the eastern end of the Jumhuria Bridge which crosses the Tigris river.
All three of the 4x4s were damaged and one could be seen burning, and a two-story house was heavily damaged.
At least one charred body was removed from the rubble, along with an elderly man dazed and still dressed in his blood-soaked nightclothes.
A group of about 20 young men danced around a charred body. American soldiers hauled down one Iraqi man and began beating him with sticks.
Terrified bystanders dragged bloodied bodies and crammed them on the back of pickup trucks to rush them to hospitals. Scattered around one of the damaged 4x4s were manuals that appeared to be for energy turbines. One of the manuals was entitled GE Energy Products, Europe.
Police said at least eight vehicles had been destroyed in the blast.
In a separate incident, a second car-bombing occurred 15 miles away near the town of Salman Pak, south east of Baghdad.
Police said a grey Opel drove between police vehicles and exploded, killing four people and injuring four others.