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Second Aussie Soldier Killed In A Week While Training

Defence Suspends All Combat Training

Second Aussie Soldier Killed In A Week While Training

A 26-year-old soldier has died after being shot in the head during a live-fire training exercise near Darwin.

It’s the second death during a training exercise this week, after another defence member was killed by a falling tree branch near Rockhampton, Queensland.

The latest incident happened at the Mount Bundey Training Area in the Northern Territory on Wednesday afternoon.

He received immediate treatment at the facility but later died in the Royal Darwin Hospital.

"The Army and ADF community extends its deepest sympathies to the soldier’s family and friends,” a defence statement said.

“It is a deep shock to the organisation and will be felt by the broader Army family.

"The Chief of Army and Army commanders acknowledge the gravity of this and recent incidents and take all matters relating to personnel and training very seriously.”

They've now suspended training because to "review risk assessment processes and training safety management".

The ADF are assisting Northern Territory Police, who are investigating, and will prepare a report for the coroner.

Full statement from the ADF:

It is with regret that Defence confirms the death of an Australian Army soldier in the Mount Bundey Training Area near Darwin, Northern Territory, at approximately 12.45pm local time on Wednesday, 10 May 2017.
 

The soldier was taking part in a routine training activity at the time of the incident. He received immediate first aid at the scene and was transported to the Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment. The soldier was subsequently pronounced deceased.
 

The soldier’s next of kin has been notified and is being supported by the Army. 

 

The Army and ADF community extends its deepest sympathies to the soldier’s family and friends. It is a deep shock to the organisation and will be felt by the broader Army family.
 

The Chief of Army and Army commanders acknowledge the gravity of this and recent incidents and take all matters relating to personnel and training very seriously.
 

As such, Army has instigated a suspension of training activities across its combat brigades to review risk assessment processes and training safety management.
 

Defence will not be releasing any information relating to the soldier’s personal or service history at this time.
 

Northern Territory Police  are investigating the incident and will prepare a report for the Northern Territory Coroner. The ADF are assisting police in their inquiries.  
 

Defence requests that the media respect the family’s privacy at this very difficult time.

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