Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan NEWS.com.au November 27, 2008 06:10pm Digger killed by Taliban explosive device Two other Aussie troops injured All families have been notified AN Australian soldier was killed by an explosion in Afghanistan. Two others were slightly wounded. Vice Chief of the Defence Force Lieutenant General David Hurley said members of a Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) were on foot, conducting an operation against Taliban insurgents. An explosion occurred, and an Australian soldier was killed, he said. Lieutenant General Hurley said the Australian soldier was killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated. Two other soldiers were also slightly wounded in the attack. No more information could be released about the incident because it could jeopardise the safety of other soldiers, Lt Gen Hurley said. "Today our nation mourns the loss of a fine soldier,'' he said. "On behalf of the men and women of the Australian Defence Force, I offer my deepest sympathy to his family and to his friends.'' Lieutenant General Hurley said an enquiry would be held into the soldier's death with the results to be made public. The soldier's family was receiving support and was coming to terms with their loss, he said. The families of the two injured soldiers also have been notified. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has expressed his sadness at the death. "I'm deeply saddened today to hear of the death of an Australian soldier this morning in Afghanistan,'' Mr Rudd said in Canberra. "On behalf of the Government, I wish to extend my condolences to the family of this soldier.'' Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull said the nation had lost a courageous soldier. "Today we mourn a brave man who has given his all in a war against terrorism that Australia and the free nations of the world must win,'' he said. Seven Australian soldiers have been killed on active duty in Afghanistan. RIP I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.