Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan
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.


I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

The Australian soldier killed in an Afghanistan explosion was a man of "integrity and determination", say those who knew him.

The NSW community of Armidale is mourning Lieutenant Michael Fussell, 25, who was killed by an improvised explosive device on Thursday.

Lt Fussell was a member of the Sydney-based 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and was conducting a dismounted patrol when he and his team were struck by the device.

Two other Special Operations Task Group personnel were slightly wounded in the explosion and have now returned to operational duties.

News of Lt Fussell's death spread quickly through Armidale on Friday.

The Armidale School principal Murray Guest said Lt Fussell, who was a student from 1994 to 2001, was a "very bright young man".

"He was a scholarship winner who performed very well right through his HSC in 2001 and was involved in a lot of other things as well.

"(He was) a great giver to the community and he was a cadet in his early years and then a surf lifesaver a little later on, and gave in lots of other forms as well - community service, paddling in the Hawkesbury canoe classic, playing sport.

"Perhaps most importantly, he was just a genuine and fine young man, full of integrity and determination to do his best at everything he did and someone who we've been very proud of.

"He would be the sort of young man to do whatever he could for the benefit of others, for his community, for his family, for his country."

He said Lt Fussell was an accomplished squash, rugby and polocross player and also competed in long distance paddling events on the Hawkesbury River.

After completing school he enlisted in the Australian Army in January 2002 and studied a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

He served in East Timor in 2006 and 2007.

Lt Fussell is not married and had no children. His brother Daniel is a RAAF lieutenant based in Brisbane.

Armidale Dumaresq Council deputy mayor Jim Maher extended his condolences to Lt Fussell's family.

"He's the first active serviceman who has been killed on duty from Armidale since the Vietnam War, so (it) will obviously hit home here in the city."

A funeral is expected to be held for Lt Fussell in Armidale on Thursday.

Lt Fussell was the seventh Australian to die in Afghanistan

RIP LT Fussell

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