Defence has confirmed that five Australian soldiers have been killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan.
Three Australian soldiers were killed by a man in an Afghan army uniform in a 'green on blue' attack at a base in Uruzgan province in the south of the country yesterday.
Two other Australian soldiers were wounded in that incident.
In a separate incident early this morning, two special forces soldiers were also killed when their chopper crashed in the Helmand province.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that in a war of so many losses, this was Australia's single worst day in Afghanistan and "the most losses in combat since the days of the Vietnam War".
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