Australian mine expert killed in Iraq

An Australian mine-clearing expert, described as a “guru and mentor” by colleagues, has died in northern Iraq while trying to defuse a bomb.

The man was leading a team of 30 from the not-for-profit Swiss Foundation for Mine Action at Daquq, some 200km north of Baghdad, when he was killed on Tuesday morning.

His family in Australia has been informed of his death.


Islamic State militants were driven out of Daquq about a year ago but left behind hundreds of improvised explosive devices, which the team were working to clear.

An investigation is underway.