39th Digger killed in Afghanistan

Australia has lost another soldier, the 39th Australian Defence Force soldier to have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.

The special forces soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device while on a partnered mission with Afghan forces in the bordering areas of Oruzgan Province.

The solider was killed instantly while clearing a compound. No other Australian or Afghan personnel were killed or injured in the explosion.

Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley offered his "deepest sympathy" to the soldier's family, friends and ADF mates.

While the family of the soldier have asked that his personal details and service record is not yet released, the soldier was described as highly qualified and with operational experience.

His commanding officer described him as "an exceptional soldier who will be remembered as genuine, honest and dedicated".

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