The bodies of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan have touched down in Christchurch.
Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, and Private Richard Harris, 21, were killed when a 20kg roadside bomb destroyed their Humvee in northeast Bamiyan Province on Sunday.
A ramp ceremony was held for the trio when they touched down in a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules this afternoon. Families of the fallen soldiers were taken on board to be reunited with them.
The caskets were draped in New Zealand flags and senior military brass paid their respects, while army personnel decorated the soldiers’ caskets.
A haka was performed as the three were carried across the tarmac to a waiting hearse.
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