Afghan soldier who killed 3 Australians released by Qatar

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An Afghan army deserter who killed three Australian soldiers had been released from custody in Qatar and his whereabouts were not known, officials said on Monday. The soldier known as Hekmatullah fled after shooting dead the Australian soldiers and wounding two others on a base in 2012 and was sentenced to death in 2013. “The government’s position has always been that Hekmatullah should serve a just and proportionate sentence, appropriate to his crimes, and not be granted early release or pardon,” an Australian government statement said. Defense Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell told a Senate co…

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