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Australian Soldier Wounded In Afghanistan

DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE

MSPA 419/08 Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Australian Soldier Wounded In Afghanistan

An Australian soldier serving with the Australian Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force (MRTF) in Oruzgan Province was wounded in an attack by Taliban insurgents on Monday 29 December.

The soldier was part of a MRTF patrol that was providing support to Afghan National Army operations when it was attacked on Monday morning local time (approximately 4.50 pm AEST).

The soldier received immediate first aid for a gunshot wound while his fellow patrol members continued to engage the insurgents. He was assessed as being in a serious condition and was evacuated by helicopter to hospital facilities at Tarin Kowt.

The soldier has received medical treatment at the ISAF hospital and is now in a stable condition.

The soldier’s family have been advised.

In accordance with Defence policy Defence will not release the personal details of the wounded soldier and as operations are ongoing, no further details of the incident will be released at this time.

ENDS

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