14 Aug 2012

Fatal Afghan battle fast and complex, says officer

6:30 am on 14 August 2012

A commanding officer wounded when his unit was ambushed in Afghanistan on 4 August, with the death of two New Zealand soldiers, says the battle was very fast and complex.

Lance-corporals Rory Malone and Pralli Durrer died and six other New Zealanders were injured during the attack in Bamyan province.

The commanding officer of Kiwi Company, Major Craig Wilson, was shot in the shoulder and suffered wounds to his lungs, ribs, collarbone and shoulderbone.

Major Wilson says the battle came down to a gunfight in which the rebel force held many advantages over them - but he says the full story is yet to be pieced together.

He says this type of combat is what the men and women serving in the army train for.

A service was held at Burnham Military Camp for lance-corporals Malone and Durrer at the weekend.