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Texas energy company says worker slaying isolated

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 12, 2014 at 11:53 am •  Published: August 12, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. said it believes the killing of one of its supervisors in the western Egyptian desert in a carjacking was an isolated incident.

Spokesman Bill Mintz wouldn't elaborate Tuesday on how the Houston company made this assessment. He said the slaying was a police matter and that the company was cooperating with investigators.

Security officials in Egypt said the Apache worker's body was found Friday in a car on a road outside Cairo. The man had been shot to death as he was driving last Wednesday in the desert between Qarun and Karama, southwest of Cairo.

Mintz said the victim had worked for Apache for many years, including several years on a rotational assignment in the field in Egypt, and described him as a supervisor in Apache's oil and gas production operations. The company has an extensive presence in Egypt.

He also declined to identify the man.

"Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we do not currently plan to release the name of the employee," Mintz said in an email Monday evening.

Apache has about 140 workers from the U.S. or other nations working in Egypt but most of its 9,000-member workforce there is comprised of Egyptians employed by two joint ventures, Qarun Petroleum Co. and Khalda Petroleum Co., he said.

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