March 21, 2009 / 7:59 AM / 9 years ago

Four Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Roadside bombs killed four Canadian soldiers as well as a local interpreter in Afghanistan on Friday, Canadian Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance said.

<p>Canadian soldier Master Corporal Chris Jebeaupre (R) from November Company 7th Platoon of the NATO-led coalition rests in an armoured vehicle after a mission in the Taliban stronghold of Zhari district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, March 20, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini</p>

Vance, who commands the 2,800 Canadian soldiers in southern Afghanistan, told reporters in remarks televised in Canada that two bombs went off within hours of each other and also wounded eight Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter.

Canada has now lost 116 soldiers and one diplomat in Afghanistan since deploying troops there in 2002.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Peter Galloway

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