19 July 2011
An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated during a routine Kiwi patrol in the north eastern area of Bamyan province at approximately 7.30pm yesterday Afghanistan time (around 3am today NZ time).
The NZ Defence Force personnel from the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) were in Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) and sustained no injuries. There was also no damage to any of the vehicles.
“IEDs are a known insurgent tactic in this area, and this is also the time of year when the threat level increases. The added protection of the LAV has once again proven its worth. We will continue to monitor the threat levels in the area to ensure we apply the appropriate measures.
“Bamyan province as a whole remains stable and work on transition will continue," says Commander Joint Forces Major General Dave Gawn.
Contact: Kirsty Taylor-Doig Defence Communications 021 806 926