World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Soldier from 3 PARA killed in Afghanistan

Soldier from 3 PARA killed in Afghanistan

6 Dec 10

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 5 December 2010.

The soldier died as a result of his wounds after being shot whilst patrolling in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province. At the time of his death he was taking part in an operation to find and disrupt insurgent elements.

On Monday 6 December a MOD spokesman said:

"Further to the announcement of the death of a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in Nad 'Ali yesterday, initial reports suggest that the death was caused as a result of a friendly fire incident.

"The incident will be the subject of a full investigation; however first reports indicate that an attack on an insurgent position by a US aircraft, requested by and agreed with British forces on the ground, may have been the cause. The investigation is ongoing and as such it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman, said yesterday:

"Regrettably I must announce the death of a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment this afternoon. The soldier was part of an operation aiming to increase security in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province when he was shot and subsequently died of his wounds.

"He has made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the people of Nad 'Ali from insurgent intimidation and defending his country from the threat of terrorism; no more could be asked of any soldier. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


UN News: Landmark G7 Agreement Pledges 870 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Half By End-2021

A senior UN official welcomed on Sunday, the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations’ commitment to immediately share at least 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, supporting global access and helping to end the acute phase of the pandemic... More>>



OECD: G20 GDP Returns To Pre-pandemic Level In The First Quarter Of 2021, But With Large Differences Across Countries

Gross domestic product (GDP) of the G20 area returned to pre-pandemic level in the first quarter of 2021, growing by 0.8% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020. However, this figure conceals large differences across countries... More>>

Myanmar: ‘Mass Deaths’ Alert As 100,000 Flee Junta’s Heavy Weapons

In Myanmar, international action is needed urgently to prevent “mass deaths” there, after civilians fled attacks by so-called “junta bombs”, a top independent UN rights expert has warned... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs

UNFCCC: Halving Emissions By 2030 Is New Normal - Race To Zero Anniversary
Over 4,500 non-state actors from across the global economy have committed to halving emissions by 2030, joining the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign... More>>


UN: Tackling Biodiversity & Climate Crises Together And Their Combined Social Impacts

Unprecedented changes in climate and biodiversity, driven by human activities, have combined and increasingly threaten nature, human lives, livelihoods and well-being around the world... More>>


G7: No Major G7 Stock Index Aligned With Paris Climate Goals

New research by CDP and the United Nations Global Compact on behalf of the Science Based Targets initiative calls on the largest G7 companies to take ambitious climate action... More>>