New Zealand soldier killed in Afghanistan battle

AP News
Posted: Sep 27, 2011 9:56 PM
New Zealand soldier killed in Afghanistan battle

A New Zealand special forces soldier has been killed during a gunbattle with suspected insurgents in a compound near Afghanistan's capital.

Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones, the chief of New Zealand's defense force, says the soldier was shot in the head early Wednesday and died soon after at a medical facility. Jones said the soldier was part of a team of 15 supporting about 50 Afghan police trying to serve arrest and search warrants on a group suspected of planning an attack on Kabul.

Jones said a man and a child in the compound were injured during the battle, which was still ongoing Wednesday morning.

The soldier is the second member of New Zealand's elite Special Air Service unit to be killed in Afghanistan. He has not been named pending notification of his family.