Kiwi soldiers' bodies arriving home
A US Air Force jet will tonight bring home the bodies of two New Zealand soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporals Pralli Durrer and Rory Malone, both 26, died in an insurgent ambush in Bamiyan Province on Saturday.
Six soldiers were wounded, one seriously. Five have been flown to the Landstuhl Regional Military Centre in Germany for further treatment while the seriously wounded soldier has had to be further stabilised before he can be flown out.
The wounded soldiers have not been named.
The NZ Defence Force says the American C-17 jet will arrive at Christchurch at around 10.30pm.
A military ramp ceremony will be held tonight for the family and colleagues.
It will be private, at the request of the families.
A similar ceremony was held in Afghanistan as the bodies were sent on their way home.
A haka was performed by soldiers from the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team, witnessed by soldiers from ally nations.
Details of the military funerals have yet to be released.
Prime Minister John Key has said he will not be attending due to a prior family holiday and will be represented by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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