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Sydney-based soldier found dead in Afghanistan
Sydney-based Special Forces soldier is believed to have died in a "non-combat related incident".

An Australian soldier has been killed in Kabul, the Chief of the Defence Force has confirmed.

The Sydney-based Special Forces soldier is believed to have died in a "non-combat related incident".

Colleagues found his body in an administration building in Kabul with a gunshot wound, around 2pm local time.

"He was a highly-qualified, experienced and well-respected special forces soldier," Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin told the media on Wednesday morning. "His death will impact the nation."

"We will do all we can to support his family and colleagues in the days ahead."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the soldier's family and friends as we prepare to bring him home," Binskin said.


The soldier's family has been informed, and do not wish to release his details.

The Defence Force says an investigation into his death is underway.

"At this early stage we don't have all the facts," Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin said.

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin offered his condolences to the soldier's family and friends.Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin offered his condolences to the soldier's family and friends. Photo: ABC

"I'm not in a position to speculate about the details or the circumstances surrounding the incident."

A psychological team has been deployed to assist the man's colleagues.

Australia currently has about 400 defence personnel in Afghanistan.


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