Three Australian special forces soldiers have been injured in Afghanistan during an operation resulting in the deaths of a number of insurgents, including a senior commander.

Defence on Friday released details of the operation in Uruzgan province last week, when Australian soldiers joined Afghan National Security Forces to fend off a heavy, prolonged insurgent attack.

The trio sustained "minor fragmentation wounds" and were treated at the scene before returning to Tarin Kot base for further care.

One soldier was taken to a Kandahar medical facility for follow-up treatment, but all three are expected to make a full recovery and return to duties, a Defence statement said.

"At the time the entire force element was receiving heavy small arms fire, it was a situation that could have easily escalated," the Australian unit's commanding officer said in the statement.

Despite the injuries, the mission continued and resulted in the killing of numerous insurgent fighters along with the mid-level commander, believed responsible for the supply of weapons and ammunition to dissidents.

 

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