Two NZ soldiers killed in Afghanistan, six wounded

August 5, 2012 03:16

WELLINGTON - Two New Zealand soldiers were killed and six others were injured in Afghanistan's Bamyan province on Saturday when they came under fire assisting local security forces that were fighting suspected insurgents, the New Zealand Defense Force said.

"The NZDF was responding to local security forces coming under attack and it developed into a serious incident," Defense Minister Jonathan Coleman said in a statement on Sunday.

The New Zealand troops arrived to assist the local security forces who encountered suspected insurgents near a village south of Do Abe, in the North East of Bamyan Province, the NZDF said.

It added that a further six personnel were wounded during the incident, and they were evacuated to a military hospital.

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