Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 03, 2009 16:53 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Corporal Nicholas Bulger

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 3, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

"It is with the utmost sorrow that I extend my condolences, and those of all Canadians, to the family and friends of Corporal Nicholas Bulger. My thoughts and concern are also with the five fellow soldiers injured during this same incident.

He was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near an armoured vehicle during a patrol in the Zhari District. This tragic loss of life is not only felt by those closest to him, but it is also shared by all Canadians.

This challenging UN- mandated, NATO-led mission is improving security and leading to development for a people who have asked for our help to live free of terror. We continue to work with our Afghan and international partners towards a better future for all the people of Afghanistan.

This is a painful loss for the Canadian Forces and all of Canada."

Killed in action was Corporal Nicholas Bulger from the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton.

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