Australian soldier Wounded In Action in improvised explosive device (IED) strike

An Aus­tralian sol­dier and an Afghan Nation­al Army col­league have been Wound­ed In Action in the Chorah Val­ley region of Uruz­gan Province, Afghanistan, in an inci­dent that also claimed the life of a local inter­preter sup­port­ing the oper­a­tion.

The inci­dent occurred approx­i­mate­ly 4pm AEDT on Sat­ur­day 15 Jan­u­ary. The Aus­tralian sol­dier, a mem­ber of Men­tor­ing Task Force Two, was part of a dis­mount­ed part­nered Afghan Nation­al Army and Aus­tralian patrol which struck an impro­vised explo­sive device.

After being aero med­ical­ly evac­u­at­ed to the ISAF med­ical facil­i­ty at Mul­ti-Nation­al Base Tarin Kot, the Aus­tralian sol­dier under­went surgery before being flown to the ISAF med­ical facil­i­ty at Kan­da­har for fur­ther treat­ment.

Joint Task Force 633 Com­man­der, Major Gen­er­al Angus Camp­bell, said although the soldier’s wounds are con­sid­ered seri­ous, he is now in a sat­is­fac­to­ry con­di­tion and his next of kin has been noti­fied.

“Our sol­diers and their Afghan part­ners show great courage in fac­ing the threat of impro­vised explo­sive devices on a dai­ly basis,” Major Gen­er­al Camp­bell said.

“Sad­ly, an inter­preter died as a result of injuries he suf­fered and an Afghan Nation­al Army sol­dier is also being treat­ed for wounds.”

As oper­a­tions are con­tin­u­ing the ADF will not release fur­ther details at this time.

Two Aus­tralian sol­diers have been Wound­ed In Action in Afghanistan since the begin­ning of 2011. 166 sol­diers have been Wound­ed In Action since Aus­tralia com­menced oper­a­tions in Afghanistan in 2001.

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

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