On the eve of World Peace Day we’ve had a reminder of the tragedy of war:
It is with great sadness that Prime Minister John Key has learned of the death of two New Zealand soldiers serving with the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
The soldiers were killed during an encounter with insurgents, which began at about 7:00pm last night (NZ time) after they went to the aid of local security forces under attack.
Two local security personnel were also killed during the attack.
Another six New Zealand Defence Force personnel, 10 local security personnel, and one civilian were also injured.
“This brings the total number of New Zealand soldiers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan to seven,” Mr Key says.
“It reinforces the danger faced daily by our forces as they work tirelessly to restore stability to the Province.
“It is with enormous sadness that I acknowledge that these soldiers have paid the highest price. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the two brave soldiers killed and also with the families and friends of those injured.”
Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, a former soldier and current Commander in Chief, said: