15 Years Later, a Deadly Bombing in Gaza Remains Unsolved

Jun 2, 2018 | 13:31 GMT
Fred Burton's Lessons from Old Case Files

The families of three U.S. contractors killed in a Gaza Strip bombing in 2003 are still awaiting justice. But no active investigations are ongoing.


Almost 15 years ago, at 10 a.m. Oct. 13, 2003, three Americans died and another was seriously injured when an improvised explosive device buried in a street in the Gaza Strip exploded underneath their convoy. The victims, John Branchizio, Mark T. Parson and John Martin Linde Jr., were DynCorp International security contractors working for the Diplomatic Security Service, the agency I had spent years working for. They had been tasked with providing protection and transporting U.S. diplomats who were to interview Palestinian applicants for Fulbright scholarships. The Jerusalem Post, citing Israeli security officials, reported that the bomb had contained at least 150 pounds of explosive and had been remotely detonated by a cellphone signal. Despite the extent of the carnage, to date, no one has been held responsible for the men's deaths....

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