NZ troops at scene of Kabul attack

Here we go. While all the eyes of the world were directed at Haiti the war in Afghanistan took a turn for worst. Freedom fighters are attacking Kabul and sending in suicide bombers. And guess who were there. Yep, in one New Zealand soldiers.

It’s just a matter of time before the first body bag is coming back and we will go in full for King and Country  mode. Good thing we just had his offspring here to woe the girls “rock star” style. I’m sure they won’t mind when we send their boyfriends into the Afghan quagmire, it’s for William the Balding after all (thank you Sanctuary, hilarious).

New Zealand SAS soldiers were reportedly the only Western forces at the scene of an attack which killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 70 in the Afghanistan capital, Kabul, yesterday.

A team of militants launched the assault in Pashtunistan Square, an area that holds the Ministry of Justice, the Central Bank and the palace of President Hamid Karzai, about 9.30am local time, with two men detonating suicide bombs.

Afghan officials said three soldiers and two civilians – including a child – were killed, and at least 71 people were wounded. Seven militants died in the attack, five were gunned down and two killed themselves.

A small group of commandos from New Zealand were the only Western soldiers on the scene, the New York Times reported.

The New Zealand Defence Force is refusing to confirm or deny whether the SAS were involved in the fighting.

Major Kristian Dunne said the military did not comment on SAS operations.

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