Australian Soldiers Wounded In Improvised Explosive Device Attacks

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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 515/10

Wednesday, 03 November 2010



Australian soldiers wounded in Improvised Explosive Device attacks


Two

Australian Special Forces soldiers

have been slightly wounded in

separate

incidents when the

Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles

they were travelling in

struck Improvised Explosive Devices on the 28th of October.

One soldier suffered a lower back injury,

while the other suffered a minor ankle

injury.

The soldiers

were conducting

operations with their partner unit, the

Provincial

Response Company (PRC) in Northern Kandahar, Afghanistan.  

The incidents occurred moments after each other in separate locations.

Both wounded soldiers received immediate first aid.

One soldier suffered a lower back injury and was first aero medically evacuated to the

Role 2 medical facility at the Multi National Base Camp at Tarin Kot, before being

flown to

the Role 3 Medical Facility in Kandahar as a precaution, for further medical

assessment.

The second soldier

suffered a

minor ankle injury but remained with his

patrol and

continued to complete the operation.

There were no civilians, or other military personnel killed or wounded in the strikes.

The announcement of these incidents was delayed to maintain operational security for

the duration of the operation, which continued well after the strike.

The Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) is partnered with and mentors

the PRC, which is a unit of the Afghan National Police.  

SOTG operations in Northern Kandahar are conducted in support of Operation

Hamkari, an Afghan Government-led initiative to improve the security in and around

Kandahar City.

58

Australian soldiers have been wounded in Afghanistan this year, with 158

wounded since Australian operations in the country began.


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

 







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