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Kiwi Soldiers Train Afghan National Police

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Corporal Kevin Packer (right) fires the AMD-65 watched by Warrant Officer1 Jim Dawson (left).

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Media Release
12 September 2005

Kiwi Soldiers Train Afghan National Police

New Zealand Army soldiers in Afghanistan are learning to use new weapons as part of a programme to train the Afghan National Police.

Six soldiers of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), have recently trained with the Hungarian-manufactured AMD-65 assault rifle a variant of the AK-47.

They spent two days learning to strip and assemble the weapon and practicing drills, before putting it through its paces with live firing on the weapons range.

Each of the soldiers trained in the AMD-65 will train other members of the NZ PRT.

They in turn will train up to 300 members of the Afghan National Police on use of the AMD-65 throughout Bamiyan Province in central Afghanistan.


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