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A COMMANDO decorated for bravery has been killed by a roadside bomb and five other Diggers wounded - two seriously - in two separate incidents in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Brett Wood, 32, awarded the Medal for Gallantry for bravery in action in 2006, yesterday became the 24th Australian soldier to be killed on duty in Afghanistan since 2001.

Sergeant Wood, married and from Victoria, was killed by an improvised explosive device that also wounded two of his mates about 11pm (AEST) last night.

The bomb detonated as they conducted clearance operations in southern Afghanistan.

The wounded commandos are listed as seriously ill - one with life-threatening wounds.

Three other Diggers were less seriously wounded in another incident, in which small arms fire was exchanged with insurgents.

Defence chief Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said Sergeant Wood was a highly-decorated 15-year army veteran.

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