Canadian killed in Afghanistan
Date: Sunday, January 15 2006
One Canadian was killed and three others were wounded after a suicide car bomber struck their military convoy in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday.
Prime Minister Paul Martin confirmed the Canadian casualties during a campaign stop in Laval, Que. He said no names were being released at this time because not all of the families have been notified.
"This morning, there was a tragic incident near Kandahar, in Afghanistan, where one Canadian was killed and three others were injured," he said. "On behalf of all Canadians, I want to express my condolences to the family of the individual who was killed, and our prayers and best wishes to the family of the deceased and to the families of the injured."
A military source has confirmed to that the dead Canadian was a civilian. The blast also killed two Afghan civilians and wounded at least 10 others.
The attack took place around 1 p.m. local time, just inside the city limits. A sedan swerved into the convoy and exploded, witnesses said.
The bomb was strong enough to blow the armoured vehicle carrying the soldiers off the side of the road, said Tom Coghlan, a British freelance reporter for The Daily Telegraph. Witnesses said the blast also blew out windows in nearby buildings.
The injured were airlifted from the scene to the main U.S. air base in Kandahar, Coghlan said.
This was the 15th suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan in the past three months.
Last December two Canadian soldiers were injured when a bomb detonated under their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.
Pte. Ryan Crawford and Capt. Manuel Panchana-Moya both suffered broken bones.
Canada has about 650 troops in Afghanistan, nearly all in Kandahar. There are plans to increase that number to 2,000 soldiers next month.