Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 07, 2008 07:42 ET

One Canadian Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - At approximately 12:50 a.m., Kandahar time, on July 5, a Canadian soldier suffered critical injuries and later died when an explosive device detonated near a dismounted security patrol in Panjwayi District.

The fallen soldier is Private Colin William Wilmot, a medic serving with the Health Services Support Unit in Afghanistan attached to 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group. His home unit was 1 Field Ambulance, based in Edmonton, Alberta.

First-aid was administered to Private Wilmot immediately following the explosion. He was evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Facility at Kandahar Airfield. Sadly, Private Wilmot was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Canadian Task Force are with Private Wilmot's family and friends during this very difficult time. Despite our grief, Task Force Kandahar will continue our important mission to bring peace and stability to the people of Afghanistan.

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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