Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says it is a sad day for the
defence force after the death of two New Zealand soldiers and
wounding of six others in Afghanistan.
At approximately 7pm last night, the New Zealand Defence Force
(NZDF) came to the assistance of local security forces who were
attacked by insurgents near a village south of Do Abe, in the north
east of Bamiyan Province.
Two soldiers from the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) were
killed and another six were wounded, three with serious
Coleman said it was a tragic day for the NZDF, who are a very
"This is going to be felt very heavily across the NZDF," he said
at a press conference at the Defence Force base
"This is a time when people across the the NZDF will pull
Prime Minister John Key expressed sadness over the deaths,
saying the soldiers had paid the "highest price".
Tags: new zealand, nz, soldier, provincial, reconstruction, team, prt, afganistan, firefight, killed, wounded, bamiyan, nzdf, afgan, police, unit, august, 2012
Location: Bamiyan, Afghanistan (load item map)
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