30 Oct 2009

NZ contractor stable after Afghan landmine exploded

4:39 pm on 30 October 2009

The employer of a New Zealander involved in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan says despite suffering multiple injuries, he's now in a stable condition in a hospital in Germany.

Peter Gerrard, a road construction manager, was injured and an Afghan workmate killed when a landmine went off in the province of Helmand this week.

The company, Professional Service Solutions, says the explosion happened when an excavator digging in a dry creek hit a deeply buried landmine.

Chief executive Craig Coleman plans to head to Germany on Saturday to talk with Mr Gerrard's doctors in Frankfurt and to offer support to his wife Barbara, who's on her way there from Auckland.

The company says this is the first major incident affecting an employee in Afghanistan in the six years it's been working there.