Australian soldiers' bodies return home from Afghanistan

10:16, June 09, 2010      

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The bodies of two Australian soldiers killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan will begin their journey home on Wednesday, Australian Defense Force announced.

According to Australian Associated Press, the two men will be farewelled at a ramp ceremony in Tarin Kowt on Wednesday, and Defense Minister John Faulkner will attend a second ceremony to be held at the Al Minhad Air Base.

The solders' bodies will then come home, defense said.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the deaths have been a sobering reminder that Afghanistan is a very tough military campaign.

"We are up against a determined and dangerous enemy. However, under no circumstances can Australians afford to allow Afghanistan to become a free, operating, training base for terrorist organizations in the future," Rudd said on Tuesday.

Senator Faulkner has warned of a "particularly violent period ahead" in war-torn Afghanistan and said more soldiers may die.

"I can only say to you that Australian troops, like other ( international) forces, are at great risk," Faulkner told ABC Radio on Tuesday.

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