28 Jun 2015

Officer based at Camp Taji killed

4:40 pm on 28 June 2015

An Iraqi lieutenant-colonel based at the Iraqi camp where New Zealand troops are stationed has been killed.

A New Zealand Defence Force protection soldier observes ISF troops. Iraq 2015

An NZDF protection soldier observes ISF troops. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force

Media reports said he was ambushed at his home.

The Defence Force said his death was a matter that did not affect its mission.

There are 143 New Zealand military personnel based at Camp Taji where they are training Iraqi soldiers.

A Defence spokesperson said they constantly monitored the security situation in Iraq and had security measures in place at the Taji Military Complex.

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