The bodies of two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan are being returned to New Zealand and the Defence Force has released details of the condition of six wounded soldiers.
Lance Corporals Pralli Durrer and Rory Malone, both 26, were killed in action on Saturday, shot by Afghan insurgents.
They were farewelled from Bagram Air Base and their bodies are due back in New Zealand on Thursday.
The injured New Zealand soldiers were initially treated in Afghanistan before five were transferred to a military hospital in Germany for further treatment.
One of the men, who sustained serious gun shot wounds to his abdomen, remains in Afghanistan in a serious but stable condition.
"He is conscious, alert and in good spirits," the Defence Force said.
Of the five flown to Germany, three remain in hospital - one has undergone surgery to his chest, one is awaiting surgery to repair a fractured femur and one is mobile but on crutches.
The other two, who both received shrapnel wounds, have been discharged and are in accommodation on base.
The names of the injured men have not been released.
Four Afghan intelligence officers were also killed and 10 of their troops were injured in the battle with the Taliban near Do Abe in Bamyan province.