Soldier hurt on live-fire range

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 11:56 05/12/2012

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A soldier is receiving medical treatment after what is believed to be a bullet ricocheted into his eye while on a live firing range.

The Defence Force confirmed the incident happened at a practice range in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan on Monday.

Defence said the soldier, from 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, was injured when an "unknown object, possibly a ricochet, penetrated his protective eyewear and entered his eye".

Colleagues gave him treatment on the scene before he was airlifted to Bagram Air Base for "exploratory surgery".

The soldier is said to be in a stable condition and will be transferred to Landstuhl Military Hospital in Germany for ongoing treatment.

The soldier’s next of kin had been informed.

The Defence Force was investigating the incident.

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