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Eighth Australian Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

An Australian soldier has been killed in a rocket attack in Oruzgan Province in Afghanistan. He is the eighth Australian casualty in Afghanistan since 2001.

The announcement was made in Canberra by the Chief of the Defence Foce, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.

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Text of media release from the Defence Department.

An Australian soldier in Afghanistan has been killed in a rocket attack whilst conducting operations in Oruzgan Province.

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Angus Houston, said the soldier was killed early yesterday evening, Australian time.

“Taliban insurgents engaged an Afghan forward operating base with rockets. An Australian element was deployed at the base during this attack.

“As a result of this indirect fire it is with regret that I inform you that an Australian soldier has been killed. No other Australian soldiers, or other coalition nationals, were wounded in this attack.

“The soldier was killed instantly when a rocket exploded in the compound,” ACM Houston said.

Defence has notified the immediate family of the soldier involved and is providing assistance to them during this very difficult time.

ACM Houston extended his condolences to the family. “To the family I want to convey that I am terribly sorry for their loss. Though I can bring them no comfort at this time, I do want them to know they are in the thoughts and prayers of a grateful nation. I will ensure they are provided with caring support as they endure their devastating loss.

“Despite the tragic loss of this soldier, our operations will continue and we will not be deterred, nor our resolve lessened, from taking the fight to the Taliban,” ACM Houston said.

At the request of the soldier’s family the ADF will not release his personal details at this time.

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