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New Zealand Soldier Hit by 'Dart' in Dili

Media Release

15 June 2006

New Zealand Soldier Hit by ‘Dart’ in Dili

Around 5p.m Dili time, Wednesday 14 June 2006, a NZ soldier suffered a superficial leg wound from a dart fired by a youth while out on a routine patrol in Hera, a small community near Timor Leste’s nation capital.

The dart which struck the soldier in the thigh had been fired at the New Zealanders as they dispersed a group of around 20 youths who had congregated.

The soldier was treated by a medical officer before returning to his platoon. Approximately seven youths have been detained as a result of the incident.

“Its business as normal” says Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Harker, NZ Senior National Officer in Dili. “Our soldiers are trained for operations of this nature. This was a minor incident and the soldier concerned will be back on patrol within the next 24 hours”


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