Report: Car Bombing That Killed NY Fireman Possibly Tied To Russian Bounty Plot

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Christopher Slutman was a father of three, a firefighter at Ladder Company 17, and a Marine reservist.

The New York Daily News reports on the background of one the three Marines killed in an April 2019 car bombing near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

  • Christopher Slutman was a Marine reservist who has worked as a firefighter at New York City’s Ladder Company 17 since 2004. The Daily News states that his career began when “he and his colleagues rescued three mewing kittens swept into a storm drain during rainfall.”
  • In 2013, Slutman received the Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal for the heroic rescue of an unconscious woman from a burning apartment in the South Bronx.
  • Slutman had been working as a staff sergeant for “some time” before the car bombing in 2019.
  • He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Felicia Arcuelo, who is the mother of Robert Hendriks, another Marine who died in the car bombing, has called for an investigation into whether the Taliban-linked fighters who committed the attack targeted American soldiers for Russian bounty money.

  • Arcuelo said, “The parties who are responsible should be held accountable, if that’s even possible.”
  • The New York Times reported on July 1 that some United States intelligence indicated that the Russian government may be paying bounties to Taliban and Taliban-linked fighters for the deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan.
  • Controversially, the Times’ anonymous sources, and those of other media outlets, have affirmed that President Donald J. Trump received briefings on the matter prior to his decision to invite Russian president Vladimir Putin to the 2020 G7 conference.
  • Trump has denied the allegations, and in a Tweet he initially insisted that the “story” “probably does not even exist.”
  • Other White House officials claim that the intelligence simply was disputed or otherwise not credible, and that Trump was never briefed on the issue.
  • Meanwhile, the Times reports that recently intercepted financial data appears to corroborate the bounty claims.

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