Don Spinks - An IED incident

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57 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


We had an incident on one patrol out of a patrol base called Musisi where our patrol had changed direction and the people in the village attempted to relocate an explosive device. Unfortunately for them they detonated it while they were moving it, and that was only 100-odd so metres in front of our patrol.

That didn't end well for the people trying to relocate the device and we actually watched their funeral in the afternoon. So that sort of thing gets your attention. When one of those things detonates pretty close by you certainly focus on your training and making sure that everything's okay. But fortunately the young patrol commander did a great job and all that was managed appropriately and no casualties on our patrol side of the house.

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