Was Fallen FDNY Firefighter Target Of Russian Bounty Plot?

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July 01, 2020 - 4:50 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — An FDNY firefighter who died in an attack in Afghanistan may have fallen victim to an alleged Russian plot to pay bounties on American troops overseas

Christopher Slutman, a father of three and U.S. Marine Reservist assigned to Ladder 27 in the Bronx, was killed by a car bomb near the Bagram Air Base in April 2019 along with two other Marines. 

The mother of a Marine corporal also killed in that attack has called for an investigation into whether the Taliban fighters who killed her son targeted him for Russian money.

The mother of Marine Robert Hendriks tells CNBC that "the parties who are responsible should be held accountable."

Slutman’s family has yet to comment on the allegations.

The New York Times first reported that U.S. intelligence believed Russians could be paying Taliban fighters to kill American troops.

The White House has denied that President Donald Trump was ever briefed on the alleged plot.

“I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level,” the president wrote on Twitter

He claimed the report from the Times was made up to “slander” the president and the Republican Party. 

U.S. intelligence is investigating whether or not the Taliban attack was motivated by Russian bounty.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Slutman joined the FDNY in 2003 at Ladder Company 17 in the South Bronx, where in 2013, he helped pull an unconscious woman from a burning apartment. 

He received the FDNY’s Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal for his actions in that fire. 

Slutman is survived by his wife and three daughters.  

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