Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 03, 2006 07:57 ET

Department of National Defence: One Canadian Soldier Killed, Four Wounded in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2006) - One Canadian soldier was killed and four others injured today in two separate incidents that occurred near the village of Pashmul, approximately 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City while supporting Afghan national security force operations in the area.

In the first incident, one soldier was killed and another wounded when their LAV III Light Armoured Vehicle struck an improvised explosive device at about 4:20 a.m. Kandahar time. Dead is Corporal Christopher Jonathan Reid of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton. Cpl. Reid was evacuated by helicopter to the coalition medical facility at Kandahar Airfield where he was pronounced dead.

The injured soldier was also evacuated by helicopter to the coalition medical facility where he was treated for minor injuries. As he is expected to return to duty, his identity will not be released.

Three other soldiers were also wounded in a second incident at about 7:15 a.m. Kandahar time when their LAV III struck an improvised explosive device in the same area. All were evacuated by helicopter to Kandahar Airfield. One is in good condition with non life-threatening injuries while the other two are being treated for minor injuries and are expected to return to duty.

The repatriation of Cpl. Reid's remains is now being planned.

Canada's mission in Afghanistan is part of our contribution to the international campaign to help bring stability and security to the people of Afghanistan. There are significant risks involved in these operations, but we are achieving results by extending the reach of Afghan authorities and diminishing the capacity of the Taliban to challenge coalition forces. Today's tragic incident will not deter us from our mission and we will continue to work towards creating a brighter future for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan.

Cpl. Reid is the 20th member of the Canadian Forces to have lost their life while serving in Afghanistan.

NOTE TO EDITOR:

A Photograph of Cpl. Reid is available on the Combat Camera website (search under his last name) at: http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

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