Date: May 06 2012
THREE Australian soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb in south-west Afghanistan during a mission where troops discovered narcotics and a drug-making facility.
The special operations soldiers were wounded by an improvised explosive device which detonated midway through a mission on Thursday in northern Helmand, the Defence Department said yesterday. Two of the soldiers suffered serious blast and fragmentation wounds in the incident.
Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant-General Ash Power said the men were in a satisfactory condition.
The third soldier suffered minor wounds and is likely to return to full duties soon.
The two seriously wounded soldiers will return to Australia in the coming days, possibly through the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany.
Two coalition soldiers were also wounded in the drug lab attack.
General Power said the soliders' families had been told about the attack.
Based on medical advice it was expected the two seriously wounded soldiers would be brought back to Australia within days.
The Department of Defence delayed releasing the information until the mission was finished and troops involved had returned to base. The department's statement said several caches of drug-manufacturing equipment and narcotics were found along with weapons, ammunition and explosive device components.
Thirty two Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. with AAP
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