Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 09, 2006 12:03 ET

National Defence: One Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 9, 2006) - One Canadian soldier was killed at approximately noon Kandahar time today, while conducting routine operations on Highway 1, about 20 km West of Kandahar City, in a weapons related accident. The incident occurred while conducting operations outside the Zharey district centre.

The accident resulted in the death of Master Corporal Jeffrey Scott Walsh of The 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Manitoba. Master Corporal Walsh recently arrived in Afghanistan as part as the new rotation of soldiers contributing to Task Force Afghanistan. His next-of-kin have been notified.

No further details are available at this time regarding the exact circumstances surrounding this incident, although enemy action has been ruled out. Task Force Afghanistan's National Investigation Service Detachment has begun a thorough investigation.

NOTE TO EDITOR: A photograph of Master Cpl. Walsh is available on the Combat Camera Website (search under last name) at: http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/

Contact Information