Special forces soldiers wounded in Helmand province
31 March 2013
Two Australian Special Forces soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted clearance patrol in Helmand province today.
A Coalition soldier and two Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) personnel were also wounded in the blast.
The wounded soldiers received immediate first aid at the site.
One Australian was aero medically evacuated with the Coalition member to a nearby coalition medical facility for further treatment.
The three remaining casualties returned with the force elements and are receiving medical treatment at the Multi National Base - Tarin Kot medical facility.
The patrol uncovered three additional IEDs within a compound of interest.
The commander on the ground cordoned off the compound to ensure no civilians entered the area.
The Australian soldiers' families have been notified.
Defence cannot provide any further details for the international casualties.
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