Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 28, 2008 00:56 ET

Two Canadian Soldiers Killed and Four Injured in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 28, 2008) - Two Canadian soldiers, as well as one member of the Afghan National Police and one Afghan interpreter were killed on December 27, 2008, when an explosive device detonated in their vicinity in the Panjwayi District.

Four other Canadian soldiers and one Afghan interpreter were injured in the incident, which occurred at approximately12:15 p.m. local time, approximately 25 kilometres west of Kandahar City. The soldiers were conducting security operations in the area when the explosion occurred.

Killed in action was Warrant Officer Gaetan Roberge, from the 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada. He was serving as a member of the Police Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team.

Also killed in action was Sergeant Gregory John Kruse, from 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. He was serving as a member of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.

Members of Task Force Kandahar are committed to improving security and increasing development in Kandahar Province. We are all thinking of the family and friends of our fallen comrades during this sad time, but are determined to continue working with our Afghan and international partners towards a better future for the people of Afghanistan

Note to Editors:

A photograph of Warrant Officer Gaetan Roberge and of Sergeant Gregory John Kruse is available on the Combat Camera Website (search under last name) at: .

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