Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 14, 2008 00:41 ET

DND: Three Canadian Soldiers Killed and One Injured in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2008) - Three Canadian soldiers were killed and one was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near an armoured vehicle during a patrol in the Arghandab District. The incident occurred approximately 14 kilometers west of Kandahar City at about 9:00 a.m., Kandahar time, on 13 December 2008.

Killed in action were Corporal Thomas James Hamilton, Private John Michael Roy Curwin, and Private Justin Peter Jones. These soldiers were all from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, and served as members of the Force Protection Company of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Another soldier was injured in the blast and is currently in fair condition. The name of the injured soldier will not be released.

Members of Task Force Kandahar and the Provincial Reconstruction Team are committed to improving security and increasing development in Kandahar Province. We are all thinking of the family and friends of our fallen comrades during this sad time, but are determined to continue working with our Afghan and international partners towards a better future for the people of Afghanistan.

Note to Editors:

A photograph of Corporal Thomas James Hamilton, Private John Michael Roy Curwin, and Private Justin Peter Jones will be available on the Combat Camera website (search under last name) at www.combatcamera.ca .

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