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2CN PM Rudd extends condolences to family of fallen soldier


Rudd extends condolences to family of fallen soldier

PM - Thursday, 27 November , 2008 18:52:00

MARK COLVIN: Going back to earlier stories; first Mumbai and the Prime Minister has confirmed that one Australian has died there and there may be others.

Also, going back to our other story about Afghanistan, the Defence Force has released some more information about the soldier killed in Afghanistan this morning when he was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device.

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to the dead soldier.

KEVIN RUDD: I'm deeply saddened today to hear of the death of an Australian soldier this morning in Afghanistan.

On behalf of the Government, I wish to extend my condolences to the family of this soldier.

The soldier's name has not yet been released but he was serving with the Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan.

I'm sure I'm speaking on behalf of all Australians when I say that our deepest sympathies are with this young man's family, his friends and his colleagues.

Two of his fellow soldiers were wounded in the same engagement. Thankfully, their wounds are not serious.

I ask all Australians to remember the families of these soldiers and to hold them in their thoughts and in their prayers at what is a very difficult time.

MARK COLVIN: The Prime Minister. And the only other thing that we know about the dead soldier is that he was from the Sydney-based 4th battalion RAR, the Royal Australian Regiment.

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