The Australian military has confirmed the death of a former Australian Army colonel who was killed in an attack on an Australian military base.
Key points:Army colonel John Denton was the chief of the defence staff at the time of the attackThe attack was allegedly carried out by two groups of al-Qaeda militantsThe two groups fought a fierce battle at the base, but were both killed by Australian special forces in a fierce firefight.
Colonel Denton’s death was confirmed by Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, who visited his father’s grave on Saturday night.
“My father was a true soldier and a great leader,” he said.
“He did everything he could to ensure our country was safe and secure and to ensure the safety of Australians everywhere.”
His legacy will live on in his legacy and the role he played in saving lives.
“He died in hospital at the weekend.
The Australian Army has confirmed that Colonel Denton died in a firefight with two groups including one led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
In a statement, it said the death was a tragic loss.”
A memorial service is being held for John Denny in the US today in which he will be remembered in the same way he will always be remembered: as a true hero,” the statement said.
It said the two groups fighting at the remote base in Western Australia were the Islamic Emirate of Iraq (IRA) and al-Shabab, both militant groups fighting in Somalia.”
They were both engaged in an intense battle at an Australian Defence Force (ADF) base at Fort Bragg,” the army said.
The two terrorist groups were also engaged in fierce fighting with Australian Special Operations forces, the statement added.’
This is our country’Mr Andrews told the media at the funeral that the attack on the base was “an act of terrorism” that “destroyed the lives and freedom of Australians”.”
John was a friend and a patriot, and his passing is a sad loss for our country and our people,” he added.”
I think there’s a great sense of community, a great spirit, that you can feel here.
“This is a very sad day, and this is our land, our people and our defence force.
This is our home.”
The attack occurred during a routine visit by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to Fort Braga, which is on the New South Wales border.
The Defence Minister was visiting a memorial to the fallen, which includes the remains of Colonel Denny.
Colin Baker is an ABC News Canberra Bureau Chief.
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