Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 23, 2006 09:40 ET

National Defence/Statement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 23, 2006) - The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement on the death of Corporal David Braun:

"A young Canadian soldier, Corporal David Braun, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan when the LAV III in which he was riding was attacked by a suicide car bomber. I extend my deepest condolences, and those of all Canadians, to his family and friends.

Cpl. Braun, based in Shilo, Manitoba, with the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was on patrol in Kandahar City with his fellow soldiers at the time of his death. Three of his comrades were injured, and we hope for their swift recovery.

Canadians will not forget the dedication and courage Cpl. Braun demonstrated in our name. We are humbled by his willingness to serve Canada in this theatre of operation.

While there are risks involved in this selfless work, our personnel are fully prepared for the demands they face. They are among the best-trained and most experienced soldiers in the world. Canadians everywhere honour their unwavering commitment to our country, and we pray for their safe return."

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