Three Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:19pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Taliban attack killed three Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, military officials said on Thursday, bringing to 93 the number of soldiers killed there since Canada sent troops to the war-torn country in 2002.

The three were killed on Wednesday by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, where 2,500 Canadians are based as part of a NATO combat mission to fight the Taliban and other militants. A fourth soldier was reported injured in the attack.

The commander of the Canadian forces in Afghanistan said the attack was part of a more aggressive pattern by the Taliban this year.

"I don't know that the Taliban are getting stronger. What I'd say is they're much more aggressive this fighting season than they've been in the past," Brig. Gen. Denis Thompson told reporters in Afghanistan in remarks broadcast in Canada.

"The difference is they're not holding any of the ground they're attacking us on."

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Canadian soldiers checks an area for potential explosives in the Arghandab district May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Peter Andrews</p>