Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 25, 2007 17:20 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Corporal Nathan Hornburg

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, issued the following statement today on the death of Corporal Nathan Hornburg and the wounding of four Canadian soldiers:

"I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Corporal Nathan Hornburg who died in Afghanistan in an incident that also left four other Canadian soldiers injured. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this time of great sorrow. I also wish a speedy recovery to the soldiers injured in this incident.

These soldiers were participating in Operation SADIQ SARBAAZ (Honest Soldier) - a joint Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and ISAF operation that is setting the conditions for a continuous security presence and the establishment of a new police sub-station in the northern part of Panjwayi. Corporal Hornburg and his colleagues were helping to bring stability and security to a population that has seen much hardship and turmoil. Their actions have brought hope to the people of Afghanistan.

Let us never forget Corporal Nathan Hornburg - a great Canadian whose self-sacrifice ensured a better life for others."

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