An injured New Zealand soldier, hit in the eye in
Afghanistan, will be airlifted to a German hospital.
The Defence Force today said the soldier, serving with the
New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team, was injured when
an unknown object, possibly a ricochet, penetrated his
eyewear during live firing practise on Monday, local time.
He was treated by colleagues before being airlifted to Bagram
Air Base for exploratory surgery.
He was now in a stable condition, and the Defence Force said
he would be travelling to Landstuhl Military Hospital in
Germany for further treatment.
The soldier is part of the 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New
Zealand Infantry Regiment.
The incident was being investigated.