- Feb 8, 2007
- Land of Swine and Maple Syrup
Canadian soldier killed in fall off tower
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | 8:51 PM ET
A Canadian soldier was killed in Afghanistan Wednesday when he fell while climbing a communications tower.
Colonel Mike Cessford said the soldier, who was a member of Canada's special forces, was not working as part of an ongoing operation at the time of the fall in Kandahar.
The soldier's death is being described as "non-combat" related.
The family has requested the soldier's name not be released until other relatives have been notified.
Canada's special forces usually operate under extreme secrecy.
Cessford said this is the first time the unit has suffered a fatality in Afghanistan.
Fifty-four Canadian soldiers have now been killed in Afghanistan.
Most have died in combat or in bomb attacks by insurgents.
Fuck! The Comms world up here is small and the SOF Comms world is even smaller. I'll hear more in the morning.