:**:Kiwi SAS soldier killed by Taleban has been named ...

The New Zealand SAS soldier killed in a Taleban attack in Afghanistan on Friday was Doug Grant, a veteran with extensive service in the NZ Army.

The commando was killed in Kabul when a bullet hit him through an armhole of his body armour and probably pierced his heart, the Herald understands.

As the man lifted his arms during the SAS's attempts to rescue British and Nepalese hostages at the British Council a bullet entered the side of his body through the armhole and passed through vital organs.

The New Zealand Defence Force gave an undertaking to his family that he would not be named until today.

He leaves a wife and two young children and is the first SAS fatality in Afghanistan in four deployments since 2001.

His widow is also in the Defence Force and the pair are understood to have met while she was a medic serving alongside the SAS.

The soldier was a long-serving member of the SAS.
He had been to Afghanistan before and had just returned for another deployment

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