12 Mar 2005

RAMSI military commander denies reports soldier killed on weapons hunt

9:19 am on 12 March 2005

The regional assistance mission to Solomon Islands has dismissed reports that an Australian soldier died during a search for hidden weapons.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the military commander of RAMSI, Major Martin May, as saying he's seen the reports, and he describes them as pure speculation.

A report from Australia says Private Jamie Clark died whilst assisting police in a search for firearms, allegedly hidden by members of the former Malaita Eagle Force militia at Mount Austin on the outskirts of Honiara.

But, the RAMSI military Commander says the soldiers' work at the scene of the incident on Thursday was a routine escort for police inquiries.