28 Apr 2011

NZ patrol hit in Afghanistan

9:48 pm on 28 April 2011

New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan have been attacked while on patrol in north eastern Bamyan province on Thursday.

Defence says a patrol from the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team was struck by an improvised explosive device.

The New Zealanders were in a light armoured vehicle or LAV and were not hurt. The vehicle suffered some damage but can be recovered.

Commander Joint Forces, Major General Dave Gawn says the incident highlights the value in deploying the LAV to Afghanistan as its upgraded armour protected its crew from injury.