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In brief: Four killed in attack on fuel depot

TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2011

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Militants attacked a fuel tanker depot Monday outside the main international military base in southern Afghanistan, killing four people, officials said.

The assailants set off explosives that were packed in a minibus at the entrance of a compound operated by international contractor Supreme Group, according to a statement from the Kandahar governor’s office. The compound is outside of Kandahar Air Field – the base of NATO and U.S. operations in the south.

Four private guards were killed in the fighting, said Salim Ahsas, the southern region police chief.

The compound is used by fuel tankers that supply NATO bases, said Ahmadullah Niaz, who works in the compound.

Aruba judge orders American held

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – A judge ruled Monday that Aruban prosecutors have enough evidence against an American tourist to continue holding him while they investigate the disappearance of his travel companion.

Police led Gary V. Giordano, a 50-year-old businessman, into a van to be taken to jail after the closed hearing inside the police station where he has been held since he was arrested while trying to leave the Dutch Caribbean island.

Prosecutors had submitted two requests to extend his detention for eight days each. The judge took the unusual step of approving both simultaneously, rather than waiting for the first to expire, “because of the seriousness of the case and of the importance of the investigation,” Solicitor General Taco Stein said.

Giordano, who is from Gaithersburg, Md., has told police that his travel companion, 35-year-old Robyn Gardner, of Frederick, Md., disappeared while they were snorkeling Aug. 2 off the southern tip of Aruba. Authorities said they detained him as he tried to leave the island three days later because of questions about his account of what happened.

The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that Giordano is “suspected of involvement in the possible drowning” of Gardner, whose body has not been found. Authorities have appealed to the public for assistance, hoping witnesses who saw them on the island can help investigators determine what happened to her.


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