Saturday, April 22, 2006

4 canadians killed in afghanistan ...

4 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan
22 Apr 2006, CBC News

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.

INDEPTH: Canadian casualities in Afghanistan

INDEPTH: Canada's equipment in Afghanistan

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.

Canada has 2,300 soldiers in southern Afghanistan and took command in February of a multinational force fighting Taliban and al-Qaeda members.

Sixteen Canadians, including a senior diplomat, have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.


James Curran said...

Time to get out. This won't be the last time this happens I'm afraid.

The What Do I Know Grit

audacious said...

my thoughts too!

sad, these lives taken so fast ...
for what something that isn't our war ... .

decoin said...

Time to leave the people of Afghanistan to resolve this. Why is it canada's business?