Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 16, 2008 23:42 ET

Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2008) - A Canadian soldier was killed today by an explosive device while participating in a joint Afghan-Canadian foot patrol in the Zangabad region, in the District of Panjwayi, approximately 35 km South-West of Kandahar City. The soldier was immediately evacuated by helicopter to the Canadian-led multinational hospital at Kandahar Airfield, where he later succumbed to his wounds. The incident occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. Kandahar time.

The name of the deceased soldier is being temporarily withheld at the request of the family.

At the time of the incident, the soldier's unit was conducting a dismounted presence patrol in the area with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). These patrols are part of the many ways ANSF and ISAF show their presence, monitor the security situation and interact with the local population.

This incident will not deter us from continuing our work with the Government and the people of Afghanistan. Incidents like this one prove that, along with our Afghan National Security Force partners, Canadians need to continue working to bring about peace and security in the region.

We have lost a fine Canadian today, and our hearts go out to the family and friends of this brave soldier.

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