Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 30, 2009 22:50 ET

One Canadian Soldier Killed in an Explosive Device Strike

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - One Canadian soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his dismounted patrol approximately 10 km south-west of Kandahar City at approximately 4:30 p.m. Kandahar Time on 30 Oct 2009.

Killed in action was Sapper Steven Marshall, from the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Edmonton, Alberta, serving as a member of the Task Force 3-09 Battle Group.

Sapper Marshall was conducting a foot patrol in the Panjwayi District when the incident happened. No other soldiers were injured in this incident.

We are all thinking of the family and friends of our fallen comrade during this sad time and our thoughts and prayers are with them. 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. We will continue our mission as we remember the lives of our fallen soldiers.

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 Sapper Marshall 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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