Our deadliest day in 40 years

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The attack which killed two New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan was the country’s deadliest day in combat for more than forty years. Six other New Zealanders were wounded – three seriously – when they went to the aid of Afghan police who were ambushed as they tried to arrest an insurgent. But in spite of threats in the north-east corner of Bamiyan province where New Zealand’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is operating, Prime Minister John Key said yesterday that New Zealand troops “remain on track” to leave Afghanistan some time next year. Four PRT patrol groups were called in to help Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) officers stabilise the situation and evacuate wounded…

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