Australian soldier killed in action in Afghanistan

An Aus­tralian sol­dier serv­ing with Men­tor­ing Task Force — Three (MTF‑3) in Uruz­gan Province has been killed in action after being wound­ed by what is believed to be an Impro­vised Explo­sive Device (IED).

The sol­dier was con­duct­ing a men­tored patrol with ele­ments of the Afghan Nation­al Army and oth­er Coali­tion Forces in the Khas Uruz­gan region 85km north-east of Tarin Kot, when the device det­o­nat­ed at approx­i­mate­ly 0230 hours local Afghan time (0800 hours Aus­tralian east­ern time). 

Chief of the Defence Force Gen­er­al David Hur­ley said the Aus­tralian sol­dier was seri­ous­ly wound­ed in the blast. 

“He received imme­di­ate first aid from his patrol mates before an aero med­ical team trans­ferred him to the Role 2 Med­ical facil­i­ty in Tarin Kot where he received fur­ther med­ical treat­ment. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the sol­dier died from his wounds short­ly after arrival,” Gen­er­al Hur­ley said. 

“I offer my deep­est sym­pa­thies to his fam­i­ly, friends and mates on behalf of the ADF.” 

Gen­er­al Hur­ley said the sol­dier was a respect­ed mem­ber of the Townsville based 2nd Bat­tal­ion, The Roy­al Aus­tralian Regiment. 

“This was his first deploy­ment to Afghanistan hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly served in East Tim­or in 2009. 

“His col­leagues describe him as a man who excelled at any task he was assigned and a sol­dier who was proud to serve his country.” 

Defence is now focused on sup­port­ing the soldier’s fam­i­ly. His fam­i­ly has asked that Defence does not release any per­son­al details at this time. 

An ISAF sol­dier was also wound­ed in the strike and has been med­ical­ly assessed and is in a seri­ous but sta­ble condition. 

Twen­ty-nine Aus­tralian sol­diers have been killed in Afghanistan since the ADF com­menced Oper­a­tion SLIPPER. Eight Aus­tralian sol­diers have been killed in Afghanistan this year. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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