Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 07, 2009 01:29 ET

Two Canadian Soldiers Killed and Five Injured in an Explosive Device Strike

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2009) - Two Canadian soldiers were killed and five injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near their armoured vehicle in the vicinity of Dand District, approximately 14 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City at around 12:00 p.m., Kandahar time, on 6 September 2009.

Killed in action was Corporal Jean-Francois Drouin from 5e Regiment du genie de combat serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group based in Valcartier, Quebec.

Killed in action was Major Yannick Pepin also from 5e Regiment du genie de combat serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group based in Valcartier, Quebec.

The injured members were evacuated by helicopter to the Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield and are in good condition. The identities of the injured members will not be released.

Our thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of our fallen comrades.

Canadian soldiers and their ANSF partners work together for the greater good of Afghanistan. Security operations sometimes require a heavy price to be paid, but the challenge we face cannot deter us from our ultimate goal and commitment we have toward Afghans.

Note to Editors:

Photographs of Corporal Jean-Francois Drouin and Major Yannick Pepin are available on the Combat Camera website (search under last names) at: www.combatcamera.ca

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