Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 28, 2009 17:25 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - One Canadian soldier was killed and two injured by an improvised explosive device that detonated near their dismounted patrol. The incident occurred approximately 20 kilometres south-west of Kandahar City at around 9 a.m., Kandahar time, on 28 October 2009.

Killed in action was Lieutenant Justin Boyes of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, serving with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.

The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield and are in good condition. The next of kin for the injured soldiers have also been notified. 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 (New Procedure): A photograph of Lieutenant Justin Boyes is available on the National Defence Fallen Canadians webpage at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/focus/fallen-disparus/index-eng.asp

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