Construction firm employee killed in Iraq

An employee of engineering and construction firm Kellog Brown & Root died Tuesday in Iraq after a bomb detonated under the truck he was driving north of Tikrit.

Kellog Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Houston-based Halliburton, has been working at the Baiji refinery and pipeline terminus about 30 miles north of Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. According to the U.S. military, the five-vehicle convoy was traveling from Baghdad when it was attacked. The convoy’s destination was not immediately known. The military is withholding the name of the civilian until relatives are notified.

The worker died at a U.S. military field hospital at an air base north of Tikrit, Fox News reported.

Kellog Brown & Root is the Army’s sole provider of troop support services and has garnered work orders related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan totaling $529.4 million. The company has a 10-year government contract that has no spending ceiling.