Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 04, 2010 04:36 ET

One Canadian Forces Member Killed by Improvised Explosive Device

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) - One Canadian Forces member was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted operation, about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City, in the Panjwayi District, at approximately 4:40 p.m. Kandahar time on 3 May 2010.

Killed in action was Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake a member of Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic), based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. He was serving with Task Force 1-10.

We are all thinking of the family and friends of our Canadian fallen comrade during this sad time. The commitment and sacrifice of our military and their loved ones are helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Kandahar Province.

Together, Afghan National Security Forces and Joint Task Force Afghanistan continue to maintain the initiative in Kandahar Province. Canada in partnership with the Afghan government and ISAF remain committed to improving the security situation in order to set the conditions for reconstruction and development in the region.

Note to editors: A photograph of Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake is available on the Fallen Canadians page of the Department of National Defence website. Please visit

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