Two Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

09:11, June 08, 2010      

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Two Australian soldiers reportedly have been killed in a wave of violence in Afghanistan, Australian Defense Force confirmed at a press conference held in Canberra on Tuesday.

"It is my sad duty to inform you that two Australian soldiers serving with the 1st Mentoring Task Force of Afghanistan have been killed in action," Acting defense force chief David Hurley told reporters in Canberra.

In what has been described as the deadliest day for coalition forces this year, Taliban insurgents ramped up bombings and attacks on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces on Monday.

NATO announced that ten soldiers, seven of them Americans, had been killed in a string of attacks.

Hurley said there were no other Australian or Afghan casualties.

"However, an explosive detection dog also died in the incident, " Hurley said.

An investigation will be held to determine the "exact details of incident".

"I speak for the entire ADF (Australian Defense Force) and defense community when I tell you I am deeply saddened by the loss of these two brave Australian soldiers," Hurley said.

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