New Zealand ‘shocked’ by US drone strike on country

NZ’s military says it was shocked by the US drone attack on the country’s capital on Tuesday.

The Government says the attack killed four people.

New Zealand’s Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the strikes, which killed four civilians, were a result of an assessment of the threat posed by al-Qaeda-linked groups.

The US Department of Defense says it’s not immediately clear how many civilian casualties were involved in Tuesday’s strikes.

However, the Department of Defence says the death toll could be higher.

It says there were also two civilian-owned buildings hit.