Australian soldiers wounded in Afghan blast

Two Australian soldiers and an Afghan National Army soldier have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near their patrol.

The two Australians received non-life threatening wounds but the Afghan soldier was badly wounded, a statement from the Department of Defence said.

The incident happened on Monday, during their patrol in southern Afghanistan.

The Afghan soldier has been evacuated to a coalition medical facility for further treatment.

The two Australian soldiers who suffered “non-penetrating” blast wounds have been evacuated to the military hospital at Tarin Kowt for observation.

Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Mark Evans, says the two Australian soldiers will be monitored to ensure there are no further effects from the blast.

The Australian Defence Force says operations are continuing in the region so it will not release further details.