4 Feb 2011

Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

6:03 am on 4 February 2011

Another Australian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Defence Force says Richard Atkinson, 22, of Darwin, was killed by a roadside bomb. Another soldier was seriously wounded.

He is now in a satisfactory condition in hospital.

The ABC reports they were on a foot patrol in the Orezgan province.

Corporal Atkinson was on his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Twenty-two Australians soldiers have now been killed since Australia sent troops to Afghanistan in 2001.