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S.C. man wounded in Kabul Print
Security guard from Irmo led embassy convoy targeted by suicide bomber
By CHUCK CRUMBO - 21.3.2007

A private security guard from Irmo was seriously injured when a suicide bomber exploded his car next to a U.S. embassy convoy in Afghanistan.

Tommy Cullinan, 27, is scheduled to be flown today to a military hospital in Germany for treatment of leg injuries, said his mother, Harriet Cullinan of Irmo.
The blast, the first suicide attack to rock Kabul’s streets since December, happened Monday. It killed a 15-year-old pedestrian and wounded four other security guards, The Associated Press said.

Harriet Cullinan said her son, a former Marine and a Chapin High School graduate, was commander of the embassy convoy of three armored Chevrolet Suburbans caught up in the suicide bomber’s blast.

The blast knocked the engine of her son’s truck into the passenger compartment, shattering his leg, Harriet Cullinan said.

Tommy Cullinan works for North Carolina-based Blackwater Security Service, which has a contract to provide security for the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

Harriet Cullinan said her oldest son, Bill, 28, who also works for Blackwater in Afghanistan, will accompany his brother to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. A third son, Jack, 24, also works for the private security firm in Afghanistan.

Tommy Cullinan will spend about a week at Landstuhl before returning to the United States for more treatment, his mother said.
 
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