Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 19, 2010 01:01 ET

One Canadian Soldier Killed by Improvised Explosive Device

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2010) - One Canadian Forces member was killed yesterday, December 18th, 2010, after an improvised explosive device detonated while on operations in the Panjwa'i district of Kandahar Province, at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time. 

Killed in action was Corporal Steve Martin, from 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, serving with 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, based at CFB Valcartier, Quebec.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of our fallen soldier during this difficult time. We will not forget the sacrifice of this soldier as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar Province.

Canada in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces, the Afghan authorities and ISAF partners remain committed to providing Afghans the necessary support to build a self-sustained society improving the security situation in order to set confidence-building conditions for reconstruction and development in the region.

Together, in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF allies, Joint Task Force Afghanistan continues to maintain the initiative in Panjwa'i and Dand Districts.

Note to editors: A photograph of Corporal Martin is available on the Fallen Canadians page of the Department of National Defence website. Please visit http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/fallen-disparus/index-eng.asp

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