Kiwi soldier killed in Afghanistan

Another Kiwi SAS soldier has been killed in Afghanistan:

A second New Zealand SAS soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, Prime Minister John Key has confirmed.

In a press conference at Parliament featuring Key, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp and Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, Key said the soldier was shot during an operation in Wardak province, near Kabul, this morning (NZ time).

Key expressed his condolences to the man’s family and the entire Defence Force.

“I deeply regret the loss of our soldiers but I don’t regret the commitment we’ve made to Afghanistan,” he said.

Jones said the operation was still ongoing and the name of the soldier would not be released for 24 hours. The soldier had received a head wound and had been evacuated by helicopter, but died while being operated on.

He was shot during an exchange of rifle fire involving 15 Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers.

Jones said the SAS were reacting to information about a team preparing to launch an attack on Kabul.

The operation began at 9am (NZ time) and one child and a ”fighting-aged” male were also injured.

Key said the SAS faced volatile and dangerous conditions in order to help the people of Afghanistan.

”They are brave, resourceful and resilient and they are making a valuable contribution in Afghanistan.

”He paid the highest price for his service to this country and we will mourn his death.”

 

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  • thor42

    Very sorry to hear of this. My sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • middleagedwhiteguy

    My thoughts go out to his family. However, this has already resulted in the usual suspects calling for a withdrawl of our troops. While this death is a tragedy, what so many do not realise is that this is a risk willingly accepted by those who volunteer to serve our country. You ask any serviceman, and they will tell you that an operational deployment of this nature is something to aspire to. It’s what they train for, and they know that death can be the outcome. It’s dangerous work. Firemen can, and do, die on duty. Police have died in the line of duty, yet we do not call for these people to stop what they are doing.

    This is a sad day for the NZDF, but be assured that they will continue to do everything asked of them. This last year has seen an operational tempo across all services that we have seldom seen in peacetime. For that, I for one, say “Thanks, and Kia Kaha.”

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