Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 11, 2008 19:52 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Master Corporal Erin Doyle

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2008) - 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 a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

"It is with great sorrow that I learned of the death of Master Corporal Erin Doyle, who was killed late yesterday in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this very emotional time.

I would also like to wish a quick recovery to a second Canadian soldier injured in the same incident.

The two soldiers were bravely protecting their combat outpost in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan, when they came under attack by insurgents with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire.

The vital contribution of the Canadian Forces to the United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission are making a difference in Afghanistan. Master Corporal Doyle gave his life in support of our efforts to bring security to a country that has seen decades of war. His sacrifice will not be forgotten and this event will not deter us from continuing to help Afghans rebuild their country.

Master Corporal Doyle was a true professional and dedicated Canadian soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. He will be remembered with respect and gratitude."

Master Corporal Erin Doyle served with the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, Alberta, and was attached to the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group.

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