Australian killed defusing IS-planted bomb in Iraq

ANOTHER Australian man has lost his life in the war against terrorism this week.

The man was working to defuse a IS-planted land mine in northern Iraq when he was killed, according to his colleagues.

Reuters reports the man was killed on Tuesday working for a landmine clearance charity, non-profit Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), about 200km north of Baghdad in the Daquq area.

A security contractor at the Australian embassy in Baghdad was shot dead last week.

Read more:  Former Australian special forces soldier dies at Australian embassy in Baghdad

Islamic State forces were driven out of Daquq in 2015, but approaching forces were greeted by hundreds of improvised explosive devices.

FSD program manager Alex Van Roy told Reuters the unnamed Australian was killed instantly by a bomb containing up to 7 kilograms of explosives.

He said the family of the victim had asked that his name not be released.

The FSD team has cleared about 500 homemade bombs throughout Daquq since its arrival in March.


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