19 September 2011
A routine Kiwi patrol in the north eastern area of Bamyan province came under RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) fire at approximately 00.20am this morning Afghanistan time (around 8am 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 some damage to one of the vehicles as it hit a bank whilst taking evasive action. The patrol extracted themselves from the immediate area and are secure.
“Attacks by insurgents do occur in this area in the north east of Bamyan. The added protection of the LAV has once again proven its worth.
“This is the time of year when the threat level is high, and we will continue to monitor the threat levels 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 021 806 926