Australian soldier wounded by bomb blast

A sol­dier from the Aus­tralian Men­tor­ing Task Force – Three (MTF‑3) has been wound­ed in action when the Bush­mas­ter Pro­tect­ed Mobil­i­ty Vehi­cle (PMV) he was trav­el­ling in struck an insur­gent-laid Impro­vised Explo­sive Device (IED) in Uruz­gan Province.

The inci­dent occurred at approx­i­mate­ly 4.30pm (local time) yes­ter­day, Tues­day 6 Sep­tem­ber 2011, in the Char Chineh Dis­trict in west­ern Uruz­gan Province. 

The Deputy Com­man­der of Com­bined Team – Uruz­gan (CT‑U), Colonel David Smith, said the sol­dier was on a part­nered MTF‑3 and Afghan 6th Infantry Kan­dak secu­ri­ty patrol. 

“The MTF‑3 and Afghan Nation­al Army (ANA) sol­diers were com­ing under fire from insur­gents when an IED det­o­nat­ed, with the blast strik­ing one of the patrol’s PMVs,” Colonel Smith said. 

“The patrol took action to secure the area while the wound­ed sol­dier received imme­di­ate first aid.” 

The sol­dier was evac­u­at­ed by heli­copter to the Role 2 Med­ical Facil­i­ty at the Mul­ti Nation­al Base — Tarin Kot. 

He was sub­se­quent­ly moved to the Role 3 Med­ical Facil­i­ty at Kan­da­har for spe­cial­ist review and fur­ther treatment. 

The wound­ed sol­dier has been assessed as being sta­ble and in a sat­is­fac­to­ry con­di­tion and his fam­i­ly has been notified. 

Details of the soldier’s wounds and his name will not be released for pri­va­cy reasons. 

The num­ber of sol­diers wound­ed in action in Afghanistan this year now stands at 27. 

192 sol­diers have been wound­ed in Afghanistan since 2001. 

Any Aus­tralian Defence Force (ADF) mem­ber who is serv­ing in war-like con­di­tions and is hurt as a con­se­quence of action against the ene­my is clas­si­fied as hav­ing been ‘wound­ed.’

An ADF mem­ber hurt in an inci­dent that has not been the result of ene­my action in war­like con­di­tions is clas­si­fied as hav­ing been ‘injured.’

Media con­tact:
Defence Media Oper­a­tions 02 6127 1999 

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

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