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Tragic loss of two Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

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Bob Baldwin, MP  

Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Personnel   and Assisting Shadow Minister for Defence, 

Tragic loss of two Australian soldiers in Afghanistan 08/06/10

The Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Personnel and Assisting Shadow Minister for Defence, Bob Baldwin, has today expressed his deep sadness at the loss of two Australian Army soldiers in Afghanistan.

‘First and foremost, I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the two soldiers who tragically lost their lives yesterday while patrolling in Afghanistan,’ Mr Baldwin said.

‘Secondly, I would like to acknowledge the resolute determination of those soldiers who continue to work and conduct patrols despite the tragic loss of their mates.’

Mr Baldwin said that today’s news came as a great personal shock given that he was recently in Afghanistan meeting and talking with many ADF personnel.

‘My heart goes out to the families who have lost someone so dear.’

‘But they should know that their loved one’s bravery is unquestionable and that they were working selflessly in order to protect the lives of their fellow ADF comrades.’

The two soldiers, who were from the Brisbane based 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, were killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during a dismounted patrol operating in the Mirabad Valley region in Oruzgan Province.

‘Their work is dangerous and demanding, and they are fighting a determined and insidious enemy,’ Mr Baldwin said.

‘The death of the two soldiers is a great loss and will be felt throughout the Australian Defence Force.’

‘Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.’