Australia — Four Special Forces soldiers wounded during operations

One Aus­tralian sol­dier serv­ing with the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Group has been seri­ous­ly wound­ed and two oth­ers have received minor wounds after being shot dur­ing oper­a­tions in the Shah Wali Kot region of North­ern Kan­da­har Province, Afghanistan on the 18th of Octo­ber.

A fourth sol­dier was lat­er iden­ti­fied suf­fer­ing super­fi­cial shrap­nel wounds. 

All four sol­diers are in a sat­is­fac­to­ry con­di­tion and are expect­ed to make a full recovery. 

The three sol­diers suf­fer­ing gun­shot wounds received imme­di­ate first aid from their col­leagues before they were aero-med­ical­ly evacuated. 

Two of the sol­diers were sent to the Role 2 Med­ical Facil­i­ty at the Mul­ti Nation­al Base — Tarin Kot, while the most seri­ous­ly wound­ed sol­dier was flown to the Role 3 Med­ical Facil­i­ty at Kandahar. 

The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a fourth sol­dier as wound­ed was made lat­er when he report­ed his con­di­tion to the Med­ical Officer. 

All four sol­diers are receiv­ing fur­ther med­ical treat­ment. Two of the sol­diers will return to Aus­tralia due to the nature of their wounds. 

Defence can con­firm that no oth­er Afghan, Aus­tralian or ISAF sol­diers were wound­ed in the action. No local civil­ians were injured. 

Due to med­ical-in-con­fi­dence restric­tions and the sol­diers’ pro­tect­ed iden­ti­ties, fur­ther details about sol­diers and their wounds can­not be disclosed. 

Due to ongo­ing oper­a­tions at the time and secu­ri­ty being a pri­or­i­ty for mis­sion suc­cess, release of this infor­ma­tion was delayed until the oper­a­tion was completed. 

These casu­al­ties bring the num­ber of Aus­tralians wound­ed this year to 56. To date, 156 per­son­nel have been wound­ed since Oper­a­tion SLIPPER com­menced in 2001. 

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

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