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An Australian soldier serving with Mentoring Task Force 3 has been killed in action in Afghanistan.

The soldier, from the Townsville-based 2nd Battalion RAR, was seriously wounded by what is thought to be an IED blast while on a night patrol with the Afghan National Army, 85 kilometres north-east of Tarin Kot.

He was given immediate first aid and evacuated to the medical centre at Tarin Kot but died from his wounds shortly after arriving after 2.30am (local time).

No other Australian soldiers were wounded in the incident, but another ISAF soldier was seriously wounded and was in a stable condition.

Eight Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan this year and 29 have been killed since the start of the war in 2001.

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