4 Canadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
Last Updated Sat, 22 Apr 2006 08:27:10 EDT
Four Canadian soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Department of National Defence has confirmed.
The four were travelling in an armoured jeep called a G-wagon when it struck an improvised explosive device, 70 kilometres north of Kandahar city, around 7:30 a.m. local time Saturday.
Three of the men died at the scene, near Gumbad, a small outpost established by the Canadians two months ago. The fourth died en route to the hospital at the coalition air base in Kandahar.
The defence department has identified three of the Canadians:
* Cpl. Matthew Dinning, born in Richmond Hill, Ont., and stationed at Petawawa, Ont.
* Bombardier Myles Mansell, born in Victoria and stationed at Victoria, B.C.
* Lieut. William Turner, born in Toronto and stationed at Edmonton.
The identity of the fourth soldier is being withheld at the request of his family.
The four soldiers were all in the same jeep, which was part of a mixed convoy made up of more heavily armoured vehicles, such as LAVs and Bisons.
"It's a sad day for Task Force Aegis and the coalition," said Brig-Gen. David Fraser, commander of the forces in Kandahar. "Those soldiers were conducting operations to enhance the security of the Shah Wali Kot [district].
"They were doing outstanding work, having positive effects. I had actually been in the area yesterday myself, talking with the local leaders [who] indicated that security has improved since we've arrived in the area."
Canada has 2,300 soldiers in southern Afghanistan and took command in February of a multinational force fighting Taliban and al-Qaeda members.
Taliban militants have been stepping up attacks in recent weeks against coalition and Afghan forces across southern Afghanistan, a former Taliban stronghold.
Sixteen Canadians, including a senior diplomat, have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.
A very sad day for the Canadian Military, the families of the fallen and for Canada as a whole. Canada will continue it's Mission in Afghanistan, these deaths as the deaths before were not in vain. God Bless Them RIP.