Body of Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan arrives home

16:56, August 30, 2010      

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The body of Australian soldier Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney, killed in an action in Afghanistan, on Monday returned home with a somber repatriation ceremony in Brisbane.

MacKinney's body was flown into Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Amberley base aboard a C-17 Globemaster at 4:30 p.m. (AEST) on Monday.

According to Australian Associated Press, colleagues and family were at the base for the arrival of the 28-year-old's coffin, draped in the Australia flag and with a wreath laid on top.

MacKinney, from the 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, was killed during an intense firefight with Taliban insurgents in the western part of Oruzgan province in Afghanistan last Tuesday.

He is the 21st Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan since 2001, and the 10th this year.

On the other hand, Australian Private Grant Kirby, 35, and Private Thomas Dale, 21, were killed by an explosive device in the Baluchi Valley on Aug. 21.

Three others -- Private Nathan Bewes, 23, Sapper Jacob Moerland, 21, and Sapper Darren Smith, 25 -- have died in action in Afghanistan since June 7.

Source: Xinhua


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