Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 09, 2008 13:01 ET

Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2008) - A Canadian soldier died of his injuries following an engagement involving coalition forces, insurgents and security personnel from a civilian convoy in the Zharey District around 9 a.m. (Kandahar time) today. An investigation is being conducted to determine the details surrounding this incident and further information will be made public as it becomes available.

The fallen soldier is Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Manitoba.

First aid was administered to MCpl Roberts immediately following the incident. He was evacuated by helicopter to Kandahar Air Field's Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility, but sadly was pronounced dead upon arrival.

All members of Task Force Kandahar are thinking of the family and friends of our fallen comrade during this time of sorrow. The dedication and sacrifice of soldiers like MCpl Roberts are helping to make a difference in the lives of countless Afghan citizens.

We will continue with our mission as we remember the life of MCpl Roberts. 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 Master Corporal Joshua Roberts is available on the Combat Camera Website (search under last name) at:

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