Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

A commando killed in a firefight with insurgents has become Australia's 28th fatality in Afghanistan.

Australian Defence Force Chief Lt. Gen. David Hurley said 35-year-old Sgt. Todd Langley was killed by a shot to the head in southern Afghanistan during a joint Australian-Afghan special forces operation on Monday. A second Australian soldier was seriously wounded in the same battle.

Hurley says Langley was a decorated veteran on his fifth six-month tour of Afghanistan.

Hurley said he questions how many rotations special forces soldiers can be expected to serve in Afghanistan, but said they volunteer to return.


Add a Comment



Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter