Canadian soldier dies in Afghan bomb blast

Mon Jun 8, 2009 2:26pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian soldier was killed by a bomb blast while on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan on Monday, military officials said. He was the 119th member of Canada's armed forces to die in Afghanistan.

Officials named the dead man as 20-year-old Private Alexandre Peloquin. Canada has about 2,700 soldiers based in the southern city of Kandahar on a mission that is due to end in 2011.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)

 
<p>An undated handout photo shows Canadian Private Alexandre Peloquin who was killed in Afghanistan on June 8, 2009. REUTERS/Department of National Defence/Handout</p>