January 24, 2008 / 1:18 PM / in 10 years

Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian soldier was killed and two others were injured in Afghanistan on Wednesday when a military convoy struck an improvised mine near the southern city of Kandahar, the Canadian government said.

<p>A Canadian soldier from the NATO-led coalition in the Sangsar area of Zhari district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan November 17, 2007. A Canadian soldier was killed and two others were injured in Afghanistan on Wednesday when a military convoy struck an improvised mine near the southern city of Kandahar, the Canadian government said. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>

The incident brings Canada’s military death toll in Afghanistan to 78.

Polls show Canadians are deeply divided over their role in the combat mission, and an independent panel recommended earlier this week Canada should withdraw its 2,500-strong contingent next year unless NATO sends in reinforcements.

Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; editing by Janet Guttsman

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