Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 14, 2009 17:15 ET

One Canadian Soldier Killed in an Explosive Device Strike

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2009) - A Canadian soldier was killed as a result of an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED). The incident occurred in the vicinity of Panjwayi District, approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City at around 12:30 p.m., Kandahar time, June 14, 2009.

Killed in action was Corporal Martin Dubé from the 5e Regiment de genie de combat based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City. He was serving as a member of the Joint Task Force Headquarters.

Corporal Dubé was responding to a call to neutralize two IEDs when one of them exploded.

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 deplorable living conditions.

Note to Editors:

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

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