Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 02, 2009 14:12 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Two Soldiers in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of two Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.

"On behalf of our brave men and women in uniform and the entire defence community, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Corporal Christian Bobbitt and another soldier, whose name will be withheld at this time in respect of his family's wishes.

Both men were killed by an improvised explosive devise while on patrol the Zhari District. My thoughts are also with other CF member who was injured in the same explosion.

These soldiers are brave, honourable Canadians who deserve the gratitude and respect of this nation. Their commitment to service demonstrates Canadian values and traditions in the finest sense. This cowardly act will not deter the resolve of Canadians to better the lives of the Afghan people.

Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically-elected Afghan government and as part of an UN-mandated, NATO-led mission. Our continued objective is attainable, to help Afghans rebuild their country as a stable, democratic and self-sufficient society."

Corporal Christian Bobbitt and his comrade are of the 5e Regiment du genie de combat serving as members of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group based in Valcartier, Quebec.

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