Afghan child accidentally injured during engagement with insurgents
16 August 2011
A young Afghan girl has suffered superficial injuries during the conduct of an Australian Defence Force (ADF) operation.
The girl’s injuries were identified shortly after an engagement with suspected insurgents in late July 2011.
An investigation into the incident has determined that the girl was probably struck by a piece of debris from a mud-brick wall that had been hit by ADF direct fire.
No civilians were observed by the troops prior to the engagement commencing.
Australian troops deploy with Rules of Engagement that are designed to minimise the risk of injury to themselves and the civilian population that they protect.
Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Ash Power said the Australian Defence Force deeply regrets any injuries to Afghan civilians and worked hard to limit their occurrence.
“Unfortunately the insurgents continue to disregard the safety and well-being of the Afghan population– launching attacks from within civilian structures and population centres.
“Their decision to attempt an attack on ADF personnel from a built-up area directly lead to this unfortunate incident.”
The child received first aid treatment from an Australian soldier trained in combat first aid, who assessed that she did not require additional medical treatment.
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