THE rogue Afghan soldier who shot three Australian soldiers dead and wounded two others has been identified.
A man in Afghan National Army uniform shot dead three soldiers and wounded another two from the Australian Mentoring Task Force Five at a patrol base in the Baluchi Valley, north of the main base at Tarin Kowt.
International Security Assistance Force spokesman Major Adam Wojack told ABC Radio this morning the gunman was a lieutenant by the name of Hek Matola, a guard at the Australian patrol base.
The hunt is on to locate the gunman, he said.
“We do know that he acted alone, he was a single shooter … he did kill those Australian soldiers then jumped over a fence and fled on foot,” he said.