Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 09, 2008 18:42 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 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:

"On behalf of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, I would like to extend my most heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts, who died today while serving in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time of grief.

MCpl Roberts suffered injuries following an engagement with insurgents in the Zharey District. First aid was administered. MCpl Roberts was then evacuated by helicopter to our medical facility at Kandahar Air Field. Sadly, this brave soldier was pronounced dead upon arrival. Canada is saddened by this loss.

This UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission is a challenging one, but the Government of Canada and its allies are committed to helping the people of Afghanistan after decades of war.

We are working with Afghanistan to help build a democratic and self-sufficient society.

The sacrifice of MCpl Roberts towards this end will not be forgotten.

The circumstances surrounding the death of MCpl Roberts are currently under investigation.

Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts served with the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Manitoba.

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