A couple of days ago I expressed my frustration with the press for calling the Buffalo an “armored personnel carrier”. A commenter points out that the South Africans, who built the vehicle, indeed designed and use it as an APC. Googling for ‘buffalo armored personnel carrier’ or ‘buffel armored personnel carrier’ brings up a lot of hits, though the actual info seems pretty thin. It appears that it could carry 10 tropps in addition to the driver. Here is about as much info as I could find.
So while the US isn’t using it as an APC, at least not in the sense that we usually think of using an APC, but rather as a specialized anti-mine/bomb vehicle, an APC is, in fact, what the Buffalo is and I was wrong to criticize the caption writers. My apologies.
Meanwhile, I also came across this Reuters photo of Iraqi firemen putting out the fire after the Buffalo from the earlier post was hit:
And thanks to the commenter who set me straight.