Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 11, 2008 19:36 ET

One Canadian Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - At approximately 2:15 pm today Kandahar time, a Canadian soldier was found dead in an accommodation room, at Kandahar Airfield.

A Canadian Forces National Investigation Service investigation is ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. No further details are available at this time, although enemy action has been ruled out.

- The identity of the deceased soldier is:

Bombardier Jeremie Ouellet, age 22, 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA), based out of Shilo, Manitoba.

The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of the Canadian Forces go out to the family and friends of the deceased.

Note to Editors: A photo of the deceased soldier is available on the Combat Camera website at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

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