Iraq – A Benton man doing contract work in Iraq is dead following the explosion of an improvised explosive device yesterday. According to a release from the Swiss Foundation for Mine action, 31-year-old Brandon Pinson, who was employed by them was killed in an explosion near the village of Tel al-Shear in Iraq while defusing an IOD. Pinson had been employed by FSD and working in the area for about 5 months. A release from the city of Benton states that Pinson grew up in Benton and that his parents still reside there. No other injuries were reported. An investigation is ongoing.