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NT soldier's death marks second in a week


An Australian soldier has died during a training exercise in the Northern Territory less than a week after a 21-year-old was killed during army training in Queensland.

The incident happened at the Mount Bundey Training Area near Darwin on Wednesday afternoon.

The Army member was treated at the scene but later died at Royal Darwin Hospital.

It comes less than a week after a 21-year-old Australian soldier was killed by a falling tree branch during a training exercise near Rockhampton.

"The Army and ADF community extends its deepest sympathies to the soldier's family and friends," Defence said in a statement.

"It is a deep shock to the organisation and will be felt by the broader Army family."

The Army has now suspended training activities across its combat brigades to review risk assessment processes and training safety management.

Defence says it won't be releasing any personal information regarding the soldier, as NT police investigate the incident.

Labor also extended its sympathies to the soldier's family and friends.

"On behalf of the Labor opposition, we extend our deepest sympathies to the soldier's family and friends," shadow defence minister Richard Marles and shadow defence personnel minister Amanda Rishworth said in a statement.

"The men and women of our Defence Forces do an extraordinary job on behalf of our nation."


IMAGE File: Lance Cpl. fires a M240-B machine gun during Exercise Crocodile Strike at Mt. Bundey Training Area, Australia.TWITTER/U.S DEPT OF DEFENSE


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