first published on April 19, 2016 by Will
Polish ambasador Gen. Edward Pietrzyk found himself to be the target of an assassination attempt in downtown Baghdad on 3 October 2007.
His diplomatic convoy was struck by three improvised explosive devices and subsequently engaged by small arms. Pietrzyk’s bodyguards pulled him from his burning vehicle as they returned fire on the insurgents.
Although Blackwater wasn’t responsible for the security of the Polish ambassador’s element, they allowed the use of one of their little birds to MEDEVAC the wounded man. The bird’s crew risked their lives and the aircraft as they touched down in the insurgent infested neighborhood that was lined with telephone and electrical wires.
The bird was able to get Pietrzyk to the hospital where it was discovered that he suffered serious burns to 20 percent of his body.
Ten of his bodyguards were wounded and survived, but one bodyguard, Bartosz Orzechowski, 29, died at the hospital. In 2010, Edward Pietrzyk became the Polish ambassador to North Korea.