Soldier's body returning to NZ

By Kate Shuttleworth

An investigation is underway into the death of Corporal Douglas Hughes. Photo / supplied
An investigation is underway into the death of Corporal Douglas Hughes. Photo / supplied

The body of a New Zealand soldier who died in Afghanistan this week will arrive home today.

The family of Corporal Douglas Hughes have requested that his body's arrival at the Whenuapai base be a private affair.

Colleagues at Bagram Air Base farewelled his body in Afghanistan and he travelled back to New Zealand by the Royal Australian Airforce and Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules.

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones confirmed an investigation is underway. Hughes' death was non-combat related.

Funeral details are yet to be confirmed.

- APNZ

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