Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 24, 2009 00:25 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 24, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall in Afghanistan.

"I would like to express my profound condolences to the families and friends of Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall, who died as the result of an improvised explosive device detonating near his patrol.

The incident occurred in the vicinity of Nakhonay, Panjwaii district, approximately 25 kilometers southwest of Kandahar City.

Our thoughts are with the family of the Afghan National Army soldier who was killed and the ISAF interpreter who was injured during the same tragic incident.

This UN-sanctioned, NATO lead mission is not without its challenges, and Canada's government continues to show international leadership, alongside our international partners, to help the Afghan people achieve peace and stability in order rebuild their country and its institutions.

Our valiant men and women in uniform are steadfast in their efforts to build a brighter future for the people of Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall was an extraordinary Canadian who will always deserve recognition and respect of his ultimate sacrifice for this nation."

Killed in action was Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall, from the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI), based in Edmonton, Alberta, serving as a member of the 1 PPCLI Battle Group.

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