Suicide bombing kills four outside Taji camp

  • 21/06/2016

A suicide bombing has killed four Iraqi soldiers outside the camp where New Zealand soldiers are based in Iraq.

More than a dozen people were injured in the attack at the entrance of camp Taji, but Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says no New Zealanders were harmed.

New Zealand troops are not allowed to leave the camp, where they are training Iraqi personnel. Mr Brownlee says he is confident the soldiers are safe as they could be there.

He says the attack shows Islamic State terrorists are feeling the pressure

The attack comes after Monday's Government announcement that New Zealand soldiers would stay in Taji for a further 18 months, and also would leave their base for another on occasion.