Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 11, 2008 17:37 ET

Canadian Soldier Killed and Another Injured in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2008) - One Canadian soldier was killed today and another was injured in the Panjwayi District at about 5:30 am Kandahar time. The soldiers were protecting their combat outpost at the time of the incident when insurgents attacked them with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire.

The fallen soldier is Master Corporal Erin Doyle of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta, and attached to the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group.

Both casualties were evacuated by helicopter to the Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield. The injured soldier is in good condition and stable.

The families of both soldiers have been notified.

This is a difficult and emotional situation for the families, friends and colleagues of our soldier killed in today's incident. The Canadian Forces will, as always, do the utmost to help and assist the families of the fallen and injured soldier.

We will continue with our mission as we remember the life of MCpl Doyle. We remain committed to improving security and stability in Kandahar Province and working together with local Afghans to achieve peace and prosperity for their country.

Note to Editors:

A photograph of MCpl Doyle will be available on the Combat Camera Website (search under last name) at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

As per normal procedure the name of the injured soldier will not be released.

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