- Feb 8, 2007
- Land of Swine and Maple Syrup
Canadian soldier killed in southern Afghanistan
Last Updated: Friday, April 4, 2008 | 7:26 PM ET Comments45Recommend84
A Canadian soldier was killed Friday when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan, the military said.
Pte. Terry John Street, 24, of Gatineau, Que. (formerly Hull), was killed at about 6:15 p.m. local time in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche told reporters early Saturday at Kandahar Airfield.Pte. Terry John Street, 24, was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Man.
(Department of National Defence)
Street was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Man., said Laroche, commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan.
The soldier and his colleagues were re-deploying for the evening following their day's activities in the area when the device detonated, Laroche said.
The death brings Canada's toll in Afghanistan to 82 soldiers and one diplomat since the mission began in early 2002.
Improvised explosive devices, commonly known as IEDs, are becoming an increasing threat to Canadian soldiers in Kandahar province as Taliban insurgents pull back from direct engagements.
Laroche extended condolences to Street's family, friends and comrades, but added the presence of Canadian troops gives hope to the citizens of Afghanistan with their efforts.
"Some of them have known decades of war and oppression, while others are just beginning their lives," he said. "I can only hope these thoughts will be of some comfort to the family and friends of Pte. Street in this time of grief."
"While we honour our comrade's memory, our commitment remains firm, and our resolve unshaken to accomplish our task of helping the government of Afghanistan, its people and especially its children, to find the same joy and freedom we often take for granted in our own country."