5 August 2012
The New Zealand Defence Force can confirm that two personnel serving with the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan have been killed during an incident in the North East of Bamyan Province.
At approximately 1900hrs (NZ time) yesterday, NZ Defence Force personnel came to the assistance of local security forces who encountered suspected insurgents near a village south of Do Abe, in the North East.
A further six NZ Defence Force personnel were wounded during the incident, and they were evacuated to a military hospital.
Two local security personnel were also killed, and a further 11 personnel, including one civilian, were wounded.
The Defence Force is in the process of informing and supporting next of kin. The Defence Force will not release the name of the personnel for 24 hours to give the families time and space to grieve.
Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones said, “We are deeply saddened by this loss and, on behalf of the entire New Zealand Defence Force, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, colleagues and friends of the personnel involved.”
There will be a media conference at Whenuapai Air Force Base in Auckland this morning, Sunday 5 August, at 12am (midday).
Until then no further comment will be made.
Media must have photo identification and be at the main gate at Whenuapai by 11.45am.
For further information contact Defence Communications Group media phone, 021 487 980