27th Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

11:04, June 07, 2011      

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An Australian soldier has been shot and killed by insurgents in Afghanistan during a special forces operation, Defense Chief Angus Houston confirmed on Tuesday.

The combat engineer, who was born in New South Wales of Australia and was single, is the 27th Australian soldier to have died in Afghanistan since 2001, and the fourth in the past two weeks.

The incident happened on Monday night during a joint Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) and Afghan National Army patrol to destroy a major insurgent munitions supply dump.

In a statement, Houston said the 23-year-old soldier, a combat engineer from the Incident Response Regiment, was treated at the scene then evacuated by helicopter to the medical facility at Tarin Kowt. But he died of his wounds.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the nation's resolve was being tested with the fourth death of a soldier in Afghanistan in two weeks.

Air Chief Marshal Houston also said the fourth death in two weeks was "undoubtedly making this a very difficult time for us all". He warned the public to expect more losses during the Afghanistan fighting season.

On Monday, a ramp ceremony was held in Melbourne for two Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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