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Death Of An Australian Soldier In East Timor

Death Of An Australian Soldier In East Timor

An Australian soldier has died while serving on operations as part of the International Stabilisation Force in East Timor. The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said the soldier was found deceased yesterday afternoon in Dili.

"The soldier has died of a gun shot wound while in a barracks area. The circumstances of the incident are still uncertain and will be formally investigated.

"A full investigation will be conducted by staff of the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service. Additionally, a formal CDF Commission of Inquiry will be completed, consistent with new military justice arrangements," Air Chief Marshall Houston said.

"Any death of an ADF member is a tragic and sad loss for the entire ADF community. The soldier's next of kin have been informed and our priority is to ensure the family is receiving the support and care they need.

"I ask the media to please respect the family's need for privacy during this difficult time as they mourn the loss of their loved one."

Repatriation arrangements are currently being considered. The soldier's body will be brought home by ADF or permanently chartered ADF aircraft, and will be under constant escort by ADF personnel.

Defence will not be releasing any of the soldier's personal details or any further information surrounding the circumstances of his death at this time.


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