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CID Report (Death): 0238-2008-CID369-43873-5H1K/5H1A; Abdul Salam, Hutal City, Afghanistan, December 4, 2008 ("Homicide")

May 10, 2009 | CID | ACLU-RDI 5574
This is a CID investigation in to the death of a detainee in Hutal City, Afghanistan, on December 4, 2008, and the death of a Department of Defense (DOD) Human Terrain Team (HTT) Member who died of injuries sustained in the same incident. This Report found that on December 4th Abdul Salam, an Afghan national, set Ms. Paula Gene Loyd on fire with a petrol product in an attempt to kill her. After igniting Mr. Loyd on fire, Mr. Salem tried to flee the scene, but was stopped by another unnamed DOD HTT contractor, who took Mr. Salem down to the ground at gun point. It is further reported that Mr. Salem was resisting being taken in to custody, and it was unclear if he was further armed. The DOD HTT contractor who had Mr. Salem at gunpoint stated that he shot Mr. Salem when he could not gain control of him, and because he realized that Mr. Salem had just set Ms. Loyd on fire. The gentleman who shot Mr. Salem admitted malice to his actions, but also maintained the killing was prudential because the threat Mr. Salem posed was not controlled. The unnamed gentleman was found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter for the killing of Mr. Salem. Paula Gene Loyd Cause of Death: Complications of Conflagration Injuries; Manner of Death: Homicide; Abdul Salem Cause of Death: Undetermined; Manner of Death: Homicide.