Australian soldier wounded in Afghanistan
5 January 2011
An Australian soldier is being treated in the ISAF medical facility at Multi National Base Tarin Kot after being wounded by a single shot in the upper left arm in Uruzgan Prov ince yesterday morning.
The soldier, from Australia’s Mentoring Task Force - Two (MTF-2), was participating in an Afghan National Army partnered patrol in the Chorah Valley Region of Uruzgan Province when the patrol was attacked with small arms fire.
The patrol returned fire, with mortar support, and stabilised the wounded soldier prior to his aero medical evacuation to Tarin Kot.
The soldier is now listed as being in a satisfactory condition and his family has been notified of the incident.
A local man, believed to be an insurgent, was wounded in the leg in the engagement and was treated by the patrol before being aero medically evacuated to the ISAF medical facility at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, where he is being treated. The engagement will be investigated to confirm the status of the local man.
One Australian soldier has been wounded in Afghanistan this year. 165 soldiers have been wounded since the ADF commenced operations in Afghanistan.
For more information on the ADF’s operation in Afghanistan go to http://www.defence.gov.au/op/afghanistan/index.htm
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