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Militia Casualty In East Timor


NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE
TE OPE KAATUA O AOTEAROA

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MILITIA CASUALTY IN EAST TIMOR

A small group of New Zealand Battalion soldiers have shot and killed an armed militia member four and a half kilometres north of Suai. None of the New Zealand soldiers were injured in the incident which occurred at approximately 11pm last night (New Zealand time). The militia member was patrolling towards the soldiers when he was shot.

Speaking from East Timor Senior National Officer Brigadier Lou Gardiner says “The contact was initiated by our soldiers when the militia member approached their position. The militia member was clearly identified by his actions in the manner that he was carrying his small arms weapon. He was then engaged by our soldiers. The New Zealanders were in a static position to observe any militia group movement in the area.”

“The New Zealand battalion group has been aware of a group of militia moving from East to West within their area of operations during the past week. Three sightings of militia members close to the incident sight were reported to the battalion during the day.”

ENDS

Contact: Captain Mark Richards, Joint Headquarters Public Relations Officer,
025 248 6586.


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