Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 17, 2009 17:43 ET

One Canadian Soldier Killed and 11 Injured in an Explosive Device Strike

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - One Canadian soldier was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated in the vicinity of his vehicle while on patrol in Panjwai District. The incident occurred approximately 25 kilometres South-West of Kandahar City at around 10:15 a.m., Kandahar time, on 17th September, 2009.

Killed in action was Private Jonathan Couturier from the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment, based in Valcartier, Quebec. He was serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group.

Eleven other soldiers on foot patrol in the vicinity of the explosion were also injured. The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield and are in good condition. The identities of the injured soldiers will not be released.

Our thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of our fallen comrade.

Members of Task Force Afghanistan work with Afghan security forces for the greater good of Afghanistan. We remain focused and determined to bringing peace, stability and good governance despite the challenge imposed on us by the insurgents. We remain committed to Afghanistan.

Note to Editor: A photograph of Private Jonathan Couturier is available on the Combat Camera website (search under last name) at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

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