Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Prime Minister Julia Gillard

This is a bitter day for Australia: PM

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says the deaths of three Australian soldiers in Afghanistan mark a bitter day for the nation.

"Today is a bitter day for Australia," she said.

The three - a corporal, captain and lance corporal - were killed and seven others were wounded in Afghanistan at 8.30am (about 3pm AEDT) on Saturday after an Afghan national soldier opened fire on a regular parade.

The incident occurred at Forward Operating Base Pacemaker in the Shah Wali Kot area of Kandahar province.

An Afghan interpreter was also killed in the incident.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.


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