Stuff: Question of who read Defence Force report into possible civilian deaths hangs over Operation Burnham inquiry

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A highly-classified report which confirmed possible civilian deaths during a 2010 SAS-led raid in Afghanistan was read and placed in a safe in Defence Force headquarters — only to be found accidentally.

Defence Force officials have claimed no knowledge of how the report travelled from coalition forces in Afghanistan to New Zealand and how it repeatedly escaped attention and was forgotten, for years as allegations of civilian deaths were denied.

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