Two Australian Soldiers Killed In Action By Improvised Device

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DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545


MSPA 369/10

Saturday, 21 August 2010


Two Australian Soldiers Killed in Action by Improvised Device


Two Australian soldiers serving with the 1st Mentoring Task Force in Afghanistan

have been killed in action when they were struck by an improvised explosive device

(IED).


Private Tomas Dale, 21 and Private Grant Kirby, 35, were killed in action when they

were struck by an IED.  Both of their families have been notified and they have

agreed to the release of names.    


Two other Australian soldiers were wounded in action in the explosion. Their wounds

are not life threatening and the soldiers have contacted their families.  


All of the soldiers involved in the incident are from the Brisbane based 6th Battalion

of the Royal Australian Regiment.


The Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General David Hurley said the

incident occurred during a joint counter IED operation with soldiers form the Afghan

National Army. 


Lieutenant General Hurley said the soldiers were moving to an observation position in

the Baluchi Valley to cover the operation when, at approximately 10.30 yesterday

morning (Afghanistan time, Friday, 20 August), they struck an IED.


The two soldiers had dismounted from their Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle

when they were struck by the explosive device. It is not known what triggered the

device.


The wounded soldiers received immediate first aid at the scene and were aero-

medically evacuated to the ISAF medical hospital at Tarin Kot.


The two deceased soldiers were also transferred to the military hospital.


Lieutenant General Hurley said this was the second incident in a week involving the

deaths of Australian soldiers.


“The death of Privates Dale and Kirby so soon after the recent death of Trooper Jason

Brown is a tragic reminder of the dangerous and courageous work Australian Defence

personnel undertake every day. 


“Twenty Australian soldiers have died in Afghanistan, yet despite their loss, their

comrades remain very committed to our mission and to honouring the sacrifice of

their fallen mates.”

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The Acting Chief of the Defence Force also extended the deepest sympathies of Air

Chief Marshal Angus Houston and the Defence community to the families of the two

soldiers.


“Each and every incident like this is felt very deeply throughout the Defence family

and particularly the Army. Privates Dale and Kirby, and their comrades who have also

died in Afghanistan, have served their nation proudly,” Lieutenant General Hurley

said.     


The soldiers' families have asked for privacy at this time. 


20 Australian soldiers have been killed in action since operations in Afghanistan

began with 147 soldiers wounded as a result of combat.


Media contact: 

Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664







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