- Feb 8, 2007
- Land of Swine and Maple Syrup
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | 12:57 PM ET
A Canadian soldier was killed and another was injured Tuesday in a roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan, the military said.
The explosion happened at about 7:15 a.m. local time during a routine patrol in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, about 10 kilometres north of Kandahar City, Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche said at Kandahar airfield.
Trooper Richard Renault, 26, of the 12th Canadian Armour Regiment from CFB Valcartier near Quebec City, was killed in the explosion, Laroche said. He was from Alma, Que., north of Quebec City.The Coyote vehicle hit the roadside bomb while on a routine patrol, said Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche.
The soldiers were riding in a Coyote armoured reconnaissance vehicle when it hit the improvised explosive device.
The second soldier is doing well and has contacted his family, Laroche added. Two other soldiers in the vehicle were not injured.
This was the third roadside bomb attack against Canadian soldiers in as many days, although the previous two attacks resulted only in minor injuries.
Most of Canada's 2,500 troops participating in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan are in and around Kandahar province.
The death brings the total number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan since the mission began in 2002 to 77. One diplomat has also died on the mission.
RIP Trooper! Speedy recovery to your Brother.