Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 23, 2007 11:22 ET

Release of Board of Inquiry (BOI) Report: Suicide Bomber-Kandahar Afghanistan-15 January 2006

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2007) - The Canadian Forces today released the findings of the BOI which examined the suicide bomber attack that killed Canadian Diplomat Glyn Berry and seriously injured Master-Corporal Paul Franklin, Corporal Jeffrey Bailey and Private William Salikin on 15 January 2006 at Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Convened on 7 February 2006, the Board of Inquiry comprised four Canadian Forces members, one representative from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and four advisors. The Board was directed to make findings about the factors contributing to the death and injuries to personnel involved in the attack and recommend measures to improve general operational readiness and effectiveness related to such incidents. Throughout this process, the Board interviewed witnesses, reviewed reports and researched pertinent documents and information.

The Report is comprehensive and concluded that the death of Mr. Berry and the serious injuries of the three soldiers were attributed to unpredictable hostile action. The attack occurred as the convoy in which they were travelling was returning from a planned Leadership Engagement Operation where they met a nearby District Chief and a local Police Chief. "The Board of Inquiry findings and recommendations are conclusive," said General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff. "I am confident that the Board members have met their objectives and that their recommendations will help to reduce the likelihood of similar attacks in the future against Canadians in Afghanistan."

A Board of Inquiry is an administrative inquiry convened to examine and report on complex or significant events. Through its findings and recommendations, the Board can propose measures that might prevent the possibility of recurrence but has no authority on criminal or civil liabilities. A summary of the Board of Inquiry final report is available at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/focus/15JAN06/index_e.asp

Notes to Editors and News Directors: appropriate portions of the BOI final report have been severed out in accordance with the law governing Access to Information regulations.

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