Australian soldiers wounded in Improvised Explosive Device attacks

Two Aus­tralian Spe­cial Forces sol­diers have been slight­ly wound­ed in sep­a­rate inci­dents when the Bush­mas­ter Pro­tect­ed Mobil­i­ty Vehi­cles they were trav­el­ling in struck Impro­vised Explo­sive Devices on the 28th of Octo­ber.

One sol­dier suf­fered a low­er back injury, while the oth­er suf­fered a minor ankle injury.

The sol­diers were con­duct­ing oper­a­tions with their part­ner unit, the Provin­cial Response Com­pa­ny (PRC) in North­ern Kan­da­har, Afghanistan. 

The inci­dents occurred moments after each oth­er in sep­a­rate locations.

Both wound­ed sol­diers received imme­di­ate first aid.

One sol­dier suf­fered a low­er back injury and was first aero med­ical­ly evac­u­at­ed to the Role 2 med­ical facil­i­ty at the Mul­ti Nation­al Base Camp at Tarin Kot, before being flown to the Role 3 Med­ical Facil­i­ty in Kan­da­har as a pre­cau­tion, for fur­ther med­ical assessment.

The sec­ond sol­dier suf­fered a minor ankle injury but remained with his patrol and con­tin­ued to com­plete the operation.

There were no civil­ians, or oth­er mil­i­tary per­son­nel killed or wound­ed in the strikes.

The announce­ment of these inci­dents was delayed to main­tain oper­a­tional secu­ri­ty for the dura­tion of the oper­a­tion, which con­tin­ued well after the strike.

The Aus­tralian Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Group (SOTG) is part­nered with and men­tors the PRC, which is a unit of the Afghan Nation­al Police. 

SOTG oper­a­tions in North­ern Kan­da­har are con­duct­ed in sup­port of Oper­a­tion Hamkari, an Afghan Gov­ern­ment-led ini­tia­tive to improve the secu­ri­ty in and around Kan­da­har City.

58 Aus­tralian sol­diers have been wound­ed in Afghanistan this year, with 158 wound­ed since Aus­tralian oper­a­tions in the coun­try began. 

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

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

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