Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 19, 2007 04:49 ET

DND: Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2007) - A Canadian soldier was killed today after the vehicle he was traveling in, a LAV III, struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The incident occurred roughly 1:41 am Kandahar time, approximately 20 km West of Kandahar City. The soldier was immediately evacuated from the scene by helicopter for urgent medical attention, but later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the Multinational hospital located at Kandahar Airfield. At the time of the incident, the Canadian convoy was returning from a Forward Operating Base following a re-supply mission from Kandahar Airfield.

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

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this fine soldier. There is no way to comfort those who are grieving today except to say this soldier was an exceptional Canadian who deserve the gratitude and respect of his nation.

We will mourn the passing of our comrade, we will honour him in the best military tradition; we will carry on with our mission, so his sacrifice will not have been in vain. Though very saddened by this incident, Canadian troops in Afghanistan remain committed to the critical mission of helping the Afghan people achieve peace and stability so they can have a better life.

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