Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 14, 2009 01:26 ET

One Canadian Soldier Killed and Four Others Injured in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2009) - One Canadian soldier was killed and four others were injured when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device north of Kandahar City in the Shah Wali Kowt District. The incident occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m., Kandahar time, on April 13, 2009.

The fallen soldier is Trooper Karine Blais, from 12e Regiment Blinde du Canada based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier. Trooper Blais was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group.

The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to the Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield. Their names will not be released.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of our fallen comrade during this difficult time.

All members of Task Force Kandahar are thinking of the family and friends of our fallen comrades during this sad time. We will not forget their sacrifice as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar Province.

Note to Editors:

A photograph of Trooper Blais is available on the Combat Camera website (search under last name) at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

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