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Two Ex-Blackwater Staff Charged With Afghan Murders

WASHINGTON - Two former Blackwater employees have been charged with the murder of two Afghans in Kabul last year and could face the death penalty, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Justin Cannon, 27, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Christopher Drotleff, 29, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, have been charged with 13 counts including second-degree murder following the shooting deaths of the two Afghan nationals.

They also were charged with attempted murder, after a third person was wounded in the Kabul incident on May 5, when Cannon and Drotleff were working as contractors for the Department of Defense in Afghanistan.

Both men, who had provided training to the Afghan army in using and maintaining weapons systems, were arrested Thursday after the grand jury indictment, the statement added.


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