U.S. and New Zealand soldiers, left, lower a New Zealand flag at a NATO base in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. New Zealand troops, including special forces, have served in Afghanistan since shortly after the U.S. invasion in 2001.
What a very sad day killed in Afghanistan were Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, Private Richard Harris, 21, and Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31.
Jacinda Baker was the first New Zealand female to be killed in action since 1966. Richard Harris had joined the army whilst still a teenager. Corporal Tamatea was a father of four.
Our colleagues from Maori Television's Te Kaea have just spoken with Luke Tamatea's grandmother, Loraine O'Brien.
She told them her grandson had sought to reassure her the last time they spoke continues here: Fallen soldier had reassured grandmother
Mon, 6 Aug 2012
The families of the two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan over the weekend have both spoken of the important work the two men felt they were doing during their first stint in the war-torn Bamiyan province. Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer and Lance Corporal Rory Malone, both 26-years-old, died on Saturday night (NZT) about half-way through their deployment with the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan. Lance Corporal Durrer, who was from Christchurch, had an aunt and grandfather as next-of-kin, as both his parents are dead.
The families of the two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan over the weekend have both spoken of the important work the two men felt they were doing during their first stint in the war-torn Bamiyan province... Read more here: NZ soldiers killed in Afghanistan named
Corporal Luke Tamatea
Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, Medic
Private Richard Harris
Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer
Lance Corporal Rory Malone