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3 Australian troops injured in southern Afghanistan

By Sajad - Thu Nov 08 2012, 4:24 pm

At least 3 NATO-led Australian troops were wounded following a blast in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan on Thursday.

The incident took place after the soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Task Group, were moving between bases in the Oruzgan province when their Bushmaster hit an improvised explosive device on Tuesday.

Captain Michael Spruce, acting director general of operations, Joint Operations Command quoted by Herald Sun said, “They got first aid at the scene before being evacuated by helicopter to Tarin Kowt with minor wounds.”

He said, “Two have been discharged while the third has been transferred to Kandahar Air Field for further treatment.”

“All three are now in satisfactory condition. They have told their families about the incident.”, Captain Michael Spruce said.

Seven Australian troops have died in Afghanistan since the start of 2012, with 39 killed since the beginning of the conflict.

This year, 32 Australian soldiers have been wounded in Afghanistan.

About 1550 ADF troops are deployed in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force.

In the meantime Australia expects to pull most of its troops out of Afghanistan nearly a year earlier than planned, the prime minister announced, saying Australian soldiers have nearly completed their mission to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in the decade-long war.

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