Five Australian soldiers have been killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, marking one of Australia’s darkest days since the Vietnam War.
In a press conference in Canberra this afternoon, acting Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin said two Australian soldiers had been killed in a US Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan this morning (Australian time).
Earlier today the government confirmed three Australian soldiers were killed and two injured in an attack in Afghanistan by someone wearing an Afghan army uniform.
Members of Australia’s Special Operations Command move through the Garmab Valley, in Oruzgan Province.
Members of Australia’s Special Operations Command move through the Garmab Valley, in Oruzgan Province. Photo: Australian Defence Force
Air Marshal Mark Binskin said the families of the men had been notified. The latest deaths bring the number of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan since February 2002 to 38.
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