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Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan explosion

world Updated: Oct 22, 2012 09:01 IST
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An Australian special forces soldier has been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Australian defense force chief Lt. Gen. David Hurley said the 24-year-old soldier was clearing a compound in the southern province of Uruzgan on Sunday when the improvised explosive device detonated. He was the 39th Australian soldier killed in the Afghanistan war.

Hurley said Monday that no other soldiers were hurt or killed in the explosion. He declined to release more details because the special operations mission is still under way.

Australia has 1,550 troops in Afghanistan and is the largest military contributor to the US-led alliance outside NATO.