Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 22, 2006 21:49 ET

National Defence: One Canadian Soldier Killed, Three Wounded in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2006) - At approximately 3:15 p.m. local time, a Canadian re-supply convoy traveling in Kandahar City was struck by a suicide bomber, killing one soldier and wounding three others.

The name of the deceased is being withheld at the request of the next of kin.

ISAF air assets evacuated the injured soldiers to the Canadian-led multinational hospital at the Kandahar Airfield. All three are in good condition with non-life threatening injuries.

A fire that resulted from the suicide bombing destroyed two Canadian vehicles in the convoy.

Approximately two hours later, while securing the site of the incident, a motorcycle carrying two people broke through the Afghan National Police outer security cordon at high speed. The driver failed to heed multiple warnings to stop as he headed towards the inner Canadian Forces cordon. A Canadian ISAF personnel on scene opened fire on the two in a defensive application of our rules of engagement

Both civilians were flown to the Kandahar Airfield and brought to the Canadian-led medical facility to receive medical attention. One unfortunately passed away as a result of his injuries. The second civilian remains in serious condition.

An investigation will be conducted into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

The loss of life - both soldier and civilians - is deeply regretted.

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.

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