An Australian special forces soldier has been killed by an improvised bomb during an ongoing mission to target insurgents in southern Afghanistan.[/*]
An Australian special forces soldier has been killed by an improvised explosive device during a mission to target insurgents in southern Afghanistan.
Chief of Defence General David Hurley says the soldier, from the Special Operations Task Group, died late last night, Australian time.
He says the mission is still underway.
"The task group was conducting a disruption operation against an insurgent network that directly influences insurgent activity in Uruzgan," General Hurley told a Canberra press conference this morning.
"The soldier was clearing a compound when an IED detonated, killing him instantly.
"No other Australian or Afghanistan personnel were killed or wounded in the incident.
"The special operations mission remains ongoing so I cannot provide specific details about the location or the mission itself without risking the safety of this young man's comrades."
General Hurley said the mission was being carried out on the borders of Uruzgan province, where Australian troops last week took over responsibility from US forces.
The soldier's next of kin have been informed.
General Hurley said the dead soldier was "highly qualified ... with operational experience."
"On behalf of the Army and the Defence community, I offer my deepest sympathy to the soldier's family and his friends," he said.
"Our thoughts are also with his mates who remain in the field."
The death brings the number of Australians killed in Afghanistan since 2002 to 40.
Thirty-nine of them had been serving with the ADF while one was serving with the British Army
Tags: Afghanistan, , Occupation, by, US, NATO, Taliban, Pakistan, terrorist, Punjabi, ISI, Al, Qaeda, Iran, Intel
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