Fallen Australian soldiers named

Last updated 18:46 01/09/2012

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Australian Defence Force officials have revealed the identities of three diggers killed by a rogue Afghan soldier this week at a patrol base in the Baluchi Valley.

The three were Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, born in Penrith NSW in 1972, Sapper James Martin, 21 from Perth and Private Robert Poate, born in Canberra in 1988.

"Planning for the repatriation of the fallen Australian soldiers has begun although the date for their return to Australia has not yet been confirmed," Defence said in a statement today.

The three were killed on Wednesday night.

Two special forces soldiers died in a separate incident on Thursday morning when a US Blackhawk helicopter crashed.

Lance Corporal Milosevic was known as Rick to his family and Milo to his comrades.

He was on his first deployment to Afghanistan after previously serving in Iraq in 2010.The digger was a light armoured vehicle crew commander.

Defence says he was a highly-qualified soldier with a strong future. Lance Corporal Milosevic's survived by his wife and their two children.

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