Kiwi soldier killed in Kabul firefight - reports
Fri, 19 Aug 2011 9:54p.m.
A New Zealand special forces soldier is believed to have been killed in a suicide attack on the British Council Offices in Kabul.
At least three people were killed in an initial attack when a car rammed British Council building then exploded, on the public holiday marking Afghanistan’s independence from Britain. A second explosion from a suicide bomber saw the death toll rise to at least 10, with most of the victims believed to be police. Two street cleaners are also believed to be among the dead.
The Times Kabul correspondent Jerome Starkey told Sky News that he had seen a Nato soldier from New Zealand stretchered onto a Blackhawk helicopter.
"Just in the last few minutes a Blackhawk helicopter landed on the roundabout, a few hundred metres away from the ruins of the British Council compound, to collect a wounded Nato soldier. The soldier had been stretchered out of an armoured car, and was carried onto the helicopter," Mr Starkey said.
"Afghan sources who were securing the perimeter as the helicopter landed said he was from special forces. They said he was New Zealand special forces and they are known to operate as the lead team for responding to these sorts of incidents in Kabul."
Journalists were reportedly ordered to stop taking photos when what appeared to be the seriously wounded New Zealand special forces soldier was stretchered out of the building, the Guardian reported.
Seven hours after the initial attack, gunshots were still being heard.
Nato sources - mainly British and American troops - are maintaining a perimeter. At least one insurgent is still believed to be at large inside the building.
A defence source confirmed New Zealand soldiers were helping to deal with the attack in a support role – but denied soldiers were actively engaged in battle.
One foreign soldier has been confirmed to be among the dead, but the soldier’s nationality has not yet been confirmed.
New Zealand has 38 SAS members stationed in Kabul.
All British nationals are believed to be safe following the explosion.
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22/08/2011 6:35:12 p.m.
1978 Values Party candidate wrote:
It's not Goff's fault. His party was formed to combat conditions nearly a century ago. These days there is an emerging need for the green issues which Metiria Turei & Russel Norman are promoting. I reckon some Green candidates will outpoll Labour candidates in strong National seats. Simply because Labour is so last-century.
21/08/2011 9:46:50 p.m.
Calm down everyone! He was invading someone elses country!
20/08/2011 11:04:23 a.m.
Now you go to fight in a war,why make it such huge headlines when on of our men falls.Take the past wars there were thousands killed,You train too kill that what military is all about, not go there just for a holiday,as the saying goes he was there at the wrong time.They might as well bring them all home and say it is two risky for them anymore.It is a different story when many people got killed in a building that was deemed safe yet came down in the Feb 22 earthquake,and those people were there for education and their daily work.But for our fallen soldier RIP
20/08/2011 8:01:09 a.m.
and why is that Peter? he was there doing a job he signed up for, I realise their are people who think they should remain home and knit.
20/08/2011 7:26:47 a.m.
Very very sad to hear. These guys do a fantastic job, thank you to all that serve our country. Just wait now all the do gooders will be out saying bring them home, its too dangerous, blah blah. If someone dies on a construction site, the building still goes ahead, if someone dies driving a car, no one stops driving, these guys are the elite of the elite, they should be allowed to still continue the job the love. Our Defence Force and their families know the risks and are still willing to carry on. Bless them and the work they do.
19/08/2011 11:30:36 p.m.
Sad news to hear one of our guys have been killed. My thoughts are with his family and his fellow mates.
19/08/2011 11:22:05 p.m.
Robert NZr wrote:
I agree Peter and yes RIP mate. Thats the nature of the job, we always expect the unexpected, sometimes it sneeks up on us and theres not alot we can do. Deepest sympathy from my wife and me to the guys family and to his mates in the unit.- They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
19/08/2011 10:57:16 p.m.
Sad news, but hang on, was the soldier killed in a firefight, as the sensational headline states, grabbing your attention, or was he killed by a suicide bomber?
19/08/2011 10:27:33 p.m.
Sad to hear one of our SF guys were killed....guess there will be hell to pay back home now, RIP mate...
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