Australian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

5 January 2009, DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE -- 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.

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