Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 27, 2011 22:45 ET

One Canadian Soldier Killed by Improvised Explosive Device

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 27, 2011) - One Canadian soldier was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted partnered patrol in the Panjwa'i district of Kandahar Province at approximately 12 p.m. (noon) Kandahar time on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

Killed in action was Corporal Yannick Scherrer, from 1er Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, based at CFB Valcartier, Quebec serving with 1er Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group.

We are all thinking of the family and friends of our Canadian fallen comrade during this sad time. We will not forget Cpl Scherrer's sacrifice as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar Province.

Canada in partnership with the government of Afghanistan, the Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF remain committed to improving the security situation in order to set the conditions for reconstruction and development in the region. Joint Task Force Afghanistan, continues to be fully engaged in an initiative that serves to gradually enhance security, to strengthen governance and to expand the government's authority in key areas of Kandahar Province.

Note to editors: A photograph of Cpl Yannick Scherrer 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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