New Zealand Light Armoured Vehicle has been hit by improvised explosive device Afghanistan 2804112
Defense News - New Zealand
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 11:38 AM
New Zealand Light Armoured Vehicle has been hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
A New Zealand LAV light armoured vehicle has been hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Bamyan Province. The unit was hit around 12.30pm New Zealand time, with no injuries reported yet.
New Zealand Army LAV Light Armoured Vehicle were sent to Afghanistan just last month to increase the protection of soldiers against IED threats.
New Zealand Army LAVs were sent to Afghanistan just last month, to provide the reconstruction team with extra protection following the death of Lieutenant Timothy O'Donnell last year, when his convoy were attacked by insurgents.
The vehicle suffered some damage but can be recovered.
Commander Joint Forces, Major General Dave Gawn says the incident highlights the value in deploying the LAV to Afghanistan as its upgraded armour protected its crew from injury.