10 Jul 2010

Australian soldier killed by bomb in Afghanistan

3:03 pm on 10 July 2010

An Australian soldier has been killed and another seriously wounded while on patrol in Afghanistan.

The Australian Defence Force says the 23-year-old, on his third tour of duty, was killed by a bomb in Uruzgan province, the ABC reports.

Another soldier was seriously injured in the attack on the fringe of the Green Zone while on patrol in the Churrah Valley.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the death has made her government more determined to pursue its mission of training the Afghan army to fight terrorism.

She said she expects the Australian people will be very upset but she hopes they understand the government's continuing determination.

Seventeen Australian soldiers have died in the nine-year-old war.