Afghanistan – Australian soldiers wounded in improvised explosive device blast


Four Australian soldiers serving in the 1st Mentoring Task Force were wounded on Saturday morning (Afghanistan time – 03 July 2010) when the Bushmaster vehicle they were travelling in struck an insurgent Improvised Explosive Device.

The soldiers were part of a partnered 1st Mentoring Task Force and Afghan National Army vehicle-mounted patrol in the Chora Valley region of Uruzgan province when the device detonated.

Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633 Commodore Roger Boyce said two soldiers suffered minor wounds and another two received superficial wounds as a result of the blast effect from the Improvised Explosive Device.

The soldiers were treated at the scene and evacuated by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter to the ISAF Role 2 Hospital at Multi-National Base – Tarin Kowt.

“The two soldiers with superficial wounds have been treated and released from hospital for a few days of well-deserved rest,” Commodore Boyce said.

“One of the soldiers with minor wounds remains under observation in Tarin Kowt while the other soldier has been moved to the ISAF Kandahar Role III Medical Facility for further medical assessment.”

“The soldiers are in good spirits and want to get back out with their mates, but we’ll monitor them closely over the next few days before letting them get back on with the job.”

The wounded soldiers have contacted their family.

These casualties bring the number of Australians wounded this year to 42. To date 142 personnel have been wounded since Operation SLIPPER began.

For more information on the ADF’s operation in Afghanistan go to http://www.defence.gov.au/op/afghanistan/index.htm

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

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia