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4 Afghans, 2 New Zealand soldiers killed in Taliban ambush in peaceful Bamiyan

Posted by The Agonist on August 6th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Kabul | Aug 2

McClatchy – Taliban-led insurgents killed two New Zealand soldiers and four Afghan intelligence officers Saturday in an ambush in the peaceful central province of Bamiyan, local officials said Sunday.

The intelligence officers, members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s spy agency, had received a report of explosives and IEDs stockpiled in the Baghak area of Shibar district and mounted an operation to seize them, said Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, the spokesman for the Bamiyan’s governor. But the Taliban were waiting to ambush the officers, Ahmadi said.

The besieged intelligence officers summoned assistance from New Zealand troops based in Bamiyan. When the New Zealand troops arrived, they were also fired on. Two New Zealanders were killed and six wounded, Ahmadi said.

In addition to the dead, 10 intelligence officers were wounded along with one Afghan police and a civilian.

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