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Aztec Man Killed in Iraq

The Associated Press
       AZTEC   —   A Halliburton employee from Aztec has been killed while working in Iraq.
    The family of 40-year-old Tim Smith told KOB-TV that he was killed Thursday while driving a truck for the company.
    A Halliburton spokeswoman, reached by telephone Friday night, released a statement on the death of a truck driver in response to question's about Smith's death.
    Cathy Gist confirmed the death of a truck driver for the company's Kellog, Brown & Root engineering and construction group. She would not confirm his name or details of the incident.
    "We grieve for the loss of our co-worker," Gist said in a written statement. "Halliburton extends its sincere condolences to the family of this employee."
    Gist said the driver was working for a project team supporting the U.S. Army Material Command LOGCAP III Project.
    KBR designs and builds liquified natural gas plants, refining and processing plants and production facilities and pipelines. KBR's non-energy business does engineering and construction for governments and civil infrastructure customers.
    "Civilian contractors work side-by-side with the military and the Iraqi people," Gist said. "Our work is difficult and in a dangerous environment."
    Efforts to reach Smith's family were not immediately successful.