A private security company working for the US government in Afghanistan is in hot water after a video surfaced allegedly showing several of its employees drunk and on drugs, US broadcaster ABC reported.
The video purportedly taken at an operations centre belonging to US defence contractor Jorge Scientific shows men with nude torsos downing vodka and wrestling with each other.
Another man, identified as the medic of the group, is shown in a dazed state after injecting ketamine, a horse tranquiliser.
Contractors working for the US Army are banned from the use of alcohol and drugs.
The mobile phone video, shot earlier this year, was provided to the ABC by two former employees of the firm, Jorge Scientific, who have filed a lawsuit against it.
"They endangered Jorge employees, the US mission, and US military personnel," claims the lawsuit obtained by ABC. The two men filing the suit worked as armed security officers in Kabul.
They told ABC they quit in disgust and out of fear their own safety was at risk due to the behaviour of their colleagues.
Jorge Scientific - which has won almost US$1 billion in US government contracts - said it had taken "decisive action to correct the unacceptable behaviour of a limited number of employees" and hired an independent investigation team to carry out a probe. An unspecified number of employees no longer work for the company, it said.
The Pentagon takes "all allegations of inappropriate behaviour by contractors and service members very seriously," a spokesman said.
The US Army's Criminal Investigation Division was looking into the allegations, he added.