Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 08, 2009 14:30 ET

One Canadian Soldier Killed in an Explosive Device Strike

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - A Canadian soldier was killed when an explosive device detonated during a foot patrol in the Panjwai District. The incident took place in an area south-west of Kandahar City at around 09:20 a.m., Kandahar time, June 8, 2009.

Killed in action was Private Alexandre Peloquin from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City. He was serving as a member of the 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group.

The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield. The next-of-kin have been notified.

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

While our ultimate goal remains to leave Afghanistan to Afghans, in a country that is better governed, more peaceful, and more secure; let's not consider the tragic death of our soldiers as a failure of our mission as this is precisely what our enemy is counting on. Our collective efforts here are making a noticeable difference in helping Afghans reclaim their lives from oppression and despicable living conditions.

Note to Editors:

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

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