Diggers injured in Afghan bomb blast

Two Australian special forces soldiers have been wounded by a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

The Defence Department said the soldiers were hurt when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol in Helmand province on Sunday.

A coalition soldier and two Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) personnel were also wounded in the explosion.

One of the Australians and the coalition soldier were flown to a nearby medical facility. The other three casualties returned to the base at Tarin Kowt for treatment.

''The patrol uncovered three additional IEDs within a compound of interest,'' Defence said in a statement.

''The commander on the ground cordoned off the compound to ensure no civilians entered the area.''

The Australian soldiers' families have been notified.

Australia's main base in Afghanistan is due to close at the end of this year and 1000 soldiers will head home as the NATO-backed mission in the country moves to a new era of Afghan self-sufficiency.

Source http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/diggers-injured-in-afghan-bomb-blast-20130401-2h213.html


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