New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa
8 October 2008
Minor Injury from Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Afghanistan
At approximately 3.30 pm local Afghanistan time a New Zealand Defence Force patrol was forced to stop after one of its
vehicles suffered damage from an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D) in Bamyan Province in Afghanistan.
One member of the patrol suffered a very minor cut to the face, was treated at the scene and has returned to active
duty. The IED was in the same area as one that occurred in March, and on that occasion there were no injuries.
Defence Force Spokesperson Commander Shaun Fogarty states, “The area in which the patrol took place is known for having
tribal and criminal tensions between different groups and as a result the patrol was larger than normal. Currently NZDF
personnel remain at the site of the IED awaiting the arrival of an investigation team who’ll examine the site.”
“The NZDF is constantly reviewing the security status of the area, and the possibility of any increased threat. This
incident is another reminder that we can't be complacent” he said.