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DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545



MSPA 476/10

                                        Saturday, 9 October 2010


Australian soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device


An Australian soldier from the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) received

superficial wounds

when a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) struck an

Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on 3rd of October.

The incident occurred while conducting partnered operations with the Afghan

Provincial Response Company (PRC) in northern Kandahar province

as part of the

wider

Operation HAMKARI,

an Afghan Government-led initiative to improve the

security in and around Kandahar City.

Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633,

Commodore Roger Boyce,

said the

wounded soldier received first aid immediately after the strike before returning with

his force element to a nearby forward operating base. 

“A doctor at the base reassessed the soldier and recommended further specialist

advice. As a result he was moved to the Role 3 Medical Facility at Kandahar Airfield

by helicopter,” Commodore Boyce said.

“Thankfully,

this further assessment confirmed

no serious wounds,

and the soldier

was released from the medical facility.”

The wounded soldier

is undertaking

a short period of recovery before rejoining

combat operations.

Due to the location of the IED strike, the damaged vehicle was deemed to be

unrecoverable and was destroyed.

During this operation, another IED was located by SOTG elements and was destroyed

in place.

The SOTG regularly conducts operations with the PRC, which is part of the Afghan

National Security Forces. The local knowledge and community connections of the

local Afghan security forces, like the PRC, provide invaluable support to coalition

operations, especially Australian Special Forces.

.

Ends release


Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664









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