Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 23, 2009 23:45 ET

Canadian Soldier Killed by Improvised Explosive Device

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2009) - One Canadian soldier and one soldier of the Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed by an improvised explosive device that detonated during a joint foot patrol near the village of Nakhonay in Panjwaii District, about 25 km southwest of Kandahar City, on December 23, 2009. The explosion also injured an Afghan interpreter.

Killed in action was Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall, from the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI), based in Edmonton, Alberta, serving as a member of the 1 PPCLI Battle Group. The names of the Afghan soldier and interpreter will not be released.

At this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen Canadian and Afghan comrades. The commitment and sacrifice of our soldiers and their loved ones are helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Kandahar Province.

Members of Joint Task Force Afghanistan work with the soldiers and police of the Afghan National Security Forces to improve security and build a better future for Afghans. Canada remains committed to bringing peace, stability and good governance to Afghanistan.

Note to editors (Note: new procedure): A photograph of Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall is available on the Fallen Canadians page of the Department of National Defence website. Please visit http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/focus/fallen-disparus/index-eng.asp

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