Afghan blast kills Canadian soldier

Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:12pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian soldier was killed on Saturday when his armored vehicle hit an explosive device on a road west of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, Canada's defense department said.

The soldier, Sapper Sean Greenfield, was the 108th member of the Canadian military killed since Canada sent forces to Afghanistan in 2002.

The other soldiers in the vehicle were not injured.

Canada has 2,700 soldiers in Kandahar, capital of a region that is a stronghold for Taliban militants. The Canadian combat mission is set to end in 2011.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Xavier Briand)

 
<p>An undated handout photo of Canadian Sapper Sean David Greenfield who was killed in Afghanistan on January 31, 2009. Greenfield died on Saturday when his vehicle hit an explosive device on a road west of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan. REUTERS/Department of National Defence/Handout</p>