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Australian Digger shot dead by

Afghan soldier

as he walked down stairs

June 1, 2011 – 9:57AM
Shot dead ... Lance Corporal Andrew Jones.Shot dead … Lance Corporal Andrew Jones. 

The Australian soldier killed by a rogue Afghan soldier was shot four times as he walked down stairs at a patrol base in Afghanistan on Monday.

In an updated account of the incident, Defence Minister Stephen Smith said the Afghan soldier was alone in a watch tower as one his comrades was making his way to the ground.

At the same time Lance Corporal Andrew Gordon Jones was walking down stairs.

“[The Afghan soldier] shot our soldier on four separate occasions and then fled,” Mr Smith told ABC Radio.

No progress had been made in capturing or “rounding up” the rogue soldier.

Mr Smith described the new version of events as a slight variation of the original account given by Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston yesterday.

“This is not unusual and one of the reasons why the chief of the Defence Force and I always say we need to be very careful and await the exhaustive investigation.”

AAP 

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