August 3rd, 2010
10:25 PM ET

New Zealand suffers first combat death in Afghanistan

New Zealand has suffered its first combat fatality in the war in Afghanistan, the New Zealand Defense Force reported Tuesday.

The incident occurred shortly after noon Tuesday in Afghanistan's Bamiyan province, when a Provincial Reconstruction Team patrol of three New Zealand vehicles was attacked by unknown assailants, said the defense force chief in a statement.

"We believe that an improvised explosive device or IED was detonated, and then the patrol came under fire from two positions with rocket propelled grenades and other small arms fire," he said.

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In addition to the fatality, two other members of the patrol suffered serious, but not life-threatening, wounds, he said.

The fatality leaves New Zealand with 207 personnel in Afghanistan. New Zealand has had forces in the country for seven years.

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  1. KeepItReal555

    Mr. Evan Mark if you are so concerned with righting the evil in the world, how about invading Israel and stopping the war crimes that the Israelis commit against the Palestinian people. You do realize that Israel is occupying a foreign land, right?

    August 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DemocracyRocks

    Some US congressmen get their news at this website. I hope you find it useful as well.


    August 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bledsoe

    Here's Evan Mark,again,taking full advantage of this person's misery to beef up support for this obnoxious war.There ought to be a law against it!!!

    August 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David S

    What the hell is NZ doing in Afghanistan? They were on the right track when they protested French nuclear testing in the South Pacific, and refused US nuclear vessels in their ports. Why get involved in the failed and immoral neo-con, imperialist policies of their UK and US "allies?"

    August 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Papa Kilo 15er

    Gods speed Kiwi. We appreciate your help, and my prayers to all of your loved ones.......

    August 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    God bless that ANZAC, may he find his way to the next life and live there in peace forever. Thank you, solider.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Todd

    Unfortunately no country is exempt from Terrorists, sorry for your loss New Zealand. Our thoughts go out to the family.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. American

    EVERY dead Afghani is a father, mother, son or daughter. I salute all the lives lost. Afghan lives are not worth less than American or NZ lives.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lee

    As a New Zealand citizen living in the US, I salute the soldiers in Afghanistan. These guys are SAS, special forces and I know some of the guys there.They won't name the soldier because he is in special ops. I don't support the war, but I support bravery and I support honor. The comments here are infantile and you people need to respect the men and not your own BS. Who Dares Wins. This article is about a fallen soldier, a brother, a son and a father. This country is so narrow minded it makes me wonder why people get into every issue that isn't related to this story, give the guy respect.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jesse

    What is secrefice?

    August 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • brown

      Did you mean sacrifice?

      August 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |