Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 24, 2010 14:40 ET

One Canadian Soldier Killed by Improvised Explosive Device

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2010) - One Canadian soldier was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated during a routine security operation, about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City, in the Panjwa'i District, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Kandahar time on 24 May 2010

Killed in action was Trooper Larry John Zuidema Rudd from the Royal Canadian Dragoons, serving with 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ontario.

All members of Task Force Kandahar are thinking of the family and friends of the fallen soldier during this difficult time. We will not forget this soldier's sacrifice as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar Province.

Canada in partnership with the Afghan government and ISAF remain committed to improving the security situation in order to set the conditions for reconstruction and development in the region. Together, Afghan National Security Forces and Joint Task Force Afghanistan continue to maintain the initiative in Kandahar Province.

Note to editors: A photograph of Trooper Larry John Zuidema Rudd is available on the Fallen Canadians page of the Department of National Defence website. Please visit

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