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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Canadian casualty in Afghanistan 
(en francais)

CBC just broke in the 11pm eastern National with a report from Ottawa that Canadians have been involved in an incident with casualties and possible deaths.

I didn't catch the location. Not many details as yet.

Update from CBC.ca
Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan:

A Canadian soldier has been killed in a remote area outside of Kandahar, according to reports.

CBC's Keith Boag reported that Ottawa would only confirm there was an incident resulting in Canadian casualties in Kandahar. He said officials will not elaborate until the next of kin have been notified.

There are about 2,200 Canadian soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.

Separately, the Pentagon is reporting that one U.S soldier and one coalition soldier were killed and three coalition soldiers injured in a firefight with insurgents.

A briefing is expected to be held later in Kandahar.

More to come.

From Yahoo/CP News:
Canadian soldier killed in remote area outside Kandahar, no immediate details

15 minutes ago

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) - At least one Canadian soldier serving in Afghanistan has been killed in a remote area outside of Kandahar.

No details surrounding the death have been released.

There are about 2,200 Canadian soldiers currently serving with the coalition in Afghanistan.

The latest incident followed a series of attacks on Tuesday in the Kandahar region, including a rocket attack on the base where Canadian troops are based.

Vehicle accidents and rollovers have also proven deadly for the Canadian troops.

Previously, 11 Canadians have been killed in the turbulent country since 2002 - 10 of them soldiers and one a Canadian diplomat.

Four Canadians died when they were mistakenly bombed by a U.S. fighter jet while on a training mission. Four were killed in suicide attacks or roadside bombs, while three died in two separate vehicle accidents.

The troops are committed in the region until early next year, although Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier has warned the international community may ask for continued support until a NATO-run mission ends in 2011.

Paul Synnott at 11:04 p.m.    | en francais | Go to Top|

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