Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Zealand soldier dies in Bamiyan province

New Zealand soldier, Corporal Douglas Hughes, with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team, has died in Afghanistan from non-combat injuries.

A statement from the Defence Force said the soldier died as a result of an "incident" at the Forward Patrol Base Romero in the north-eastern Bamiyan province at 11am (NZT). The soldier died later in hospital.

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones said: "We are saddened by this loss and, on behalf of the entire New Zealand Defence Force, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, colleagues and friends of the soldier."

New Zealand Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said the death "did not appear to involve the actions of another party."

The circumstances surrounding the death are being investigated.

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