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Australian soldier hurt in Afghan vehicle crash

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An Australian soldier has been seriously hurt in a collision between a Bushmaster armoured vehicle and a civilian vehicle in southern Afghanistan.

The incident happened on Wednesday in Oruzgan province as the soldier took part in a vehicle-mounted mission conducted by Afghan National Security Forces and the Special Operations Task Group.

Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Ash Power said on Thursday the unnamed soldier was in a stable condition.

He was treated at the accident scene and flown by helicopter to the base at Tarin Kowt.

He was subsequently transferred to a Kandahar medical facility and will now be flown to Germany for further treatment as soon as possible.

"He has been in contact with his family and we will continue to provide them support. Specific details of his injuries will not be released for privacy reasons," Lt Gen Power said in a statement.

The cause of the accident, which was not the result of insurgent activity, is being investigated.

The mission was to reinforce the security of Afghan National Police checkpoints along a major route in northern Kandahar province.

AAP

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