Australia — Update to ADF Battle Casualty Figures

Four Aus­tralian sol­diers have been med­ical­ly clas­si­fied as Wound­ed in Action (WIA).
On 30 June 2011, an MTF Bush­mas­ter Pro­tect­ed Mobil­i­ty Vehi­cle struck an insur­gent laid IED in the Chorah Dis­trict. No casu­al­ties were ini­tial­ly report­ed how­ev­er one sol­dier from MTF‑3 report­ed in ear­ly August, a wound sus­tained in the explo­sion.

Direc­tor of Health, Head­quar­ters Joint Oper­a­tions Com­mand, Group Cap­tain Karen Leshin­skas said the sol­dier had since been returned to Aus­tralia, where he is under­go­ing fur­ther treatment. 

On 13 August 2011, an IED det­o­nat­ed under a Bush­mas­ter in the Mirabad Val­ley. Defence report­ed two MTF‑3 sol­diers had been wound­ed in the blast. In mid August a third sol­dier has now been iden­ti­fied as wound­ed in the blast. The sol­dier sus­tained a minor wound which requires fur­ther treatment. 

“He has been trans­ferred to the Role 3 Med­ical Facil­i­ty at Kan­da­har where he will receive spe­cial­ist treat­ment,” Group Cap­tain Leshin­skas said. 

“Because this wound was sus­tained as a direct result of the impro­vised explo­sive device blast, the sol­dier has been cat­e­gorised as wound­ed in action and is now offi­cial­ly record­ed as a bat­tle casualty.” 

In both cas­es the sol­diers pre­sent­ed for treat­ment fol­low­ing delayed onset of symptoms. 

On August 17, two Aus­tralian Spe­cial Forces sol­diers sus­tained minor wounds dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the vicin­i­ty of Chorah. 

They have since received med­ical treat­ment and returned to duty. 

The sol­diers were part of a part­nered cor­don and search mis­sion, tar­get­ing insur­gent-laid Impro­vised Explo­sive Devices, when they were wound­ed. Both sol­diers con­tin­ued with their mis­sion and were extract­ed once the remain­ing ele­ments of the mis­sion were in place. 

23 Aus­tralian sol­diers have been wound­ed in action in Afghanistan this year. 

A total of 188 Aus­tralian sol­diers have been wound­ed in Afghanistan since 2001. 

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

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