Five Australian troops were killed in two incidents on Wednesday and Thursday, making it the bloodiest 24 hours yet for Australian forces during the Afghan conflict.
Three troops were at their base on Wednesday in the sourthern Uruzgan province when they were shot at close range by an Afghan man in a military uniform. The shooter escaped by climbing a fence. Two other Australians were wounded.
Two other troops died on Thursday when their helicopter rolled over in Helmand. There was no enemy activity at the time of the crash, but it’s being investigated.