Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 07, 2008 00:37 ET

DND: Two Canadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2008) - Two Canadian soldiers were killed at approximately 6:30 p.m. Kandahar time on January 6, when their Light Armoured Vehicle rolled over, during a tactical move across difficult terrain.

The incident occurred in Nalgham, in the Zhari District, 40 km South-West of Kandahar City during Operation TENG AZEM (Steadfast Decision), a joint ISAF and Afghan National Security Forces operation, aimed at disrupting insurgent activities in the region and establishing a permanent coalition presence in the area. This incident was not the result of enemy activity.

The identity of one of the fallen is:

- Cpl Eric Labbe, age 31, 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment, based out of Valcartier, Quebec.

At the request of the family of the second fallen soldier, the name will be withheld until tomorrow morning.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photograph of Cpl Labbe is available upon request at the Media Liaison Office and will be available on the Combat Camera Website (search under last name) at: http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/ in the morning of 7 Jan 08.

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