Sol­dier shot dead in NT

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

AN Aus­tralian sol­dier was shot and killed at a re­mote North­ern Ter­ri­tory mil­i­tary train­ing base yes­ter­day.

De­fence said in a state­ment the sol­dier, un­der­stood to be in his 20s, had been tak­ing part in a “rou­tine” train­ing drill at Mount Bundey Train­ing Area, about 100km south of Dar­win.

“(The) Army has in­sti­gated a sus­pen­sion of train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties across its com­bat bri­gades to re­view risk as­sess­ment pro­cesses and train­ing safety man­age­ment,” the state­ment said.

The base is used fre­quently for joint Aus­tralian-US train­ing ex­er­cises when US Marines are sta­tioned in the Top End. It is un­clear whether Marines were in­volved in the ex­er­cise.

For­mer Sea World po­lar bear Henry cel­e­brates his fourth birth­day in Canada. Pic­ture: COCHRANE PO­LAR BEAR HABI­TAT

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