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A soldier serving with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan is receiving medical treatment following an incident during a live firing practice at a firing range in Bamian town area. At 1103 local time on Monday 3 December a soldier from 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (2/1 RNZIR) was injured when an unknown object, possibly a ricochet, penetrated his protective eyewear and entered his eye. The soldier received initial treatment by colleagues before being airlifted to Bagram Air Base for exploratory surgery. The soldier is in a stable condition and will be travelling to Landstuhl Military Hospital in Germany for further treatment.

Photo by Getty Images Dec 4, 2012

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