Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan
Last Updated Wed, 17 May 2006 14:02:33 EDT
A female soldier from Canada has been killed while serving in Afghanistan, military officials said Wednesday.
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She has not been identified, but was a captain in the Canadian Forces.
Details are scarce, but it is known she died during a major operation south of Kandahar.
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It's not clear whether she was killed in combat or in an accident.
This raises Canada's death toll in Afghanistan to 16 soldiers and one diplomat since the mission started in 2002.
Roughly 2,300 Canadian soldiers are serving in the country, mostly around the southern Kandahar region.
MPs will vote Wednesday on whether to extend Canada's deployment in the country until 2009 from its currently scheduled end date of February 2007.