Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 08, 2008 07:56 ET

Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2008) - Yesterday, a Canadian soldier was killed at approximately 9:00 p.m., Kandahar time. The soldier was killed after falling into a well while conducting a security patrol in Zhari District.

The fallen soldier is Captain Jonathan (Jon) Sutherland Snyder of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Members of Captain Snyder's patrol tried to extract him from the well, but were unsuccessful. Medical, engineering and search and rescue assets were rushed to the scene, and Capt Snyder was lifted out of the well. He was evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, but sadly was pronounced dead upon arrival.

This accident has impacted us all, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Canadian Task Force are with Capt Snyder's family and friends. We are deeply saddened by his death, and will not forget his commitment and dedication to his fellow soldiers and to this mission. Capt Snyder gave his life while mentoring Afghan soldiers as they conducted operations to enhance security for the people of Zhari District. We will not forget his sacrifice as we continue our mission to bring peace and stability to the people of Afghanistan.

Note to Editors:

A photograph of Capt Snyder is available on the Combat Camera Website (search under last name) at: www.combatcamera.ca

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