The names of the three Queensland soldiers who were killed on Saturday in Afghanistan have been released.
The body of one of those who died will be brought home by his brother who’s also serving in Afghanistan.
Jessica Sier reports.
Lance Corporal Luke Gavin, 27, and Captain Bryce Duffy who was 26, were both based in North Queensland.
Corporal Ashley Birt, 22, was raised in Gympie.
The soldiers were gunned down by a rogue Afghan soldier in Kandahar.
Stephen Smith, Defence Minister: “This is of course a tragedy for our nation but it is a tragedy for those three families.”
It’s believed the Afghan National Army soldier used an automatic weapon to gun down the men during a routine parade.
Seven others were seriously injured.
The troops were part of a task force dedicated to training and mentoring Afghan soldiers.
Anna Bligh, Queensland Premier: “While they were in Afghanistan ready to fight for their country, they didn’t lose their lives fighting, they lost their lives trying to help the Afghani army.”
In another attack in Kabul on the same day, a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a NATO convoy.
Thirteen troops from the United States and Canada were killed, as well as several civilians.
The rogue Afghani soldier was gunned down after the Patrol returned fire.
This event marks the 11th Australian death this year in the war in Afghanistan and the 32nd death in total.
Prime Minister Gillard addressed the media yesterday and said this attack will not change Australia’s position on the war in Afghanistan.
Jessica Sier, QUT News.