Wounded Australian soldier flown from Afghanistan to Germany

19:58, December 23, 2010      

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An Australian soldier seriously wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Afghanistan has been flown to Germany for specialist treatment, Defense Force said on Thursday.

Australian Defense Force earlier announced that two members of the Mentoring Task Force (MTF-2) have been hurt in separate IED blasts in the Baluchi Valley region of Oruzgan province on Sunday.

According to MTF-2 commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Darren Huxley, one of the soldiers received superficial wounds.

However, the other suffered serious blast and fragmentation wounds when the IED exploded near an Afghan National Army foot patrol accompanied by Australian soldiers.

"He is still in a serious condition. He has been flown to Germany to the major NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) hospital there," Lt Col Huxley told Australia Associated Press in a telephone interview on Thursday.

"He has got some serious wounds but none of them are life- threatening. ... His mother has been flown out to be with him as well."

Sunday's incident brought the number of Australian wounded soldiers this year to 62.

Since Australia started operations in Afghanistan, 162 soldiers have been wounded. In that time, 21 have been killed, 10 this year.

Source: Xinhua
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