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NZ SAS Confirms Afghan Gunfight

Last updated 15:53 14/01/2011

Kiwi SAS soldiers returned fire, killing two Afghan security guards in an Christmas Eve attack while they were on a mission to prevent a rocket attack on the US embassy in Kabul.

A NATO-led investigation by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) into the firefight was today released by the defence force.

In the incident, a joint New Zealand and Afghan operation was sent at short notice by ISAF leadership to act on intelligence about an imminent rocket or explosives attack on the US Embassy in Kabul.

"The video imagery has captured the heat plumes from weapons as they are fired," Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae said today.

"It clearly shows the New Zealanders came under fire from an Afghan 'security guard' and that the New Zealanders only returned fire in self defence because they were at risk of death or serious injury. The gu


Added: Jan-14-2011 Occurred On: Jan-14-2011
By: bravo61
Middle East
Tags: Afghanistan, New Zealand, ISAF, Kabul, NZSAS, Kiwis, US Embassy
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