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.


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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.

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