An Afghan civilian teenager has died from injuries received
at a heavy weapons range in Oruzgan province, it is believed.
Defence believes the youth died of injuries received at the
Tarin Kot Multinational Base heavy weapons range.
Initial reports indicate civilians were identified inside the
range area after heavy weapons firing had begun on the
afternoon of November 1 local time, Defence said in a
statement on Friday.
Australian personnel ceased firing immediately when they
realised civilians were on the range.
Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Ash Power said
the soldiers conducting the firing believe the Afghan was
most likely injured during their practice, but a full
investigation would be conducted.
"As soon as the soldiers realised the Afghan civilians were
in danger they ceased fire and directed Afghan security
personnel to move forward and assist," Lieutenant General
"The injured Afghan was taken to the civilian hospital in
Tarin Kot for treatment and we were later advised that he had
unfortunately died of his injuries."
The deceased is believed to be a teenager, but his exact age
is not known.
"Procedures are in place to minimise the risk of local
Afghans entering onto the range," Defence said.
"Oruzgan authorities have been informed and the incident is
currently being investigated in co-operation with local
"This incident did not occur during the conduct of