April 24, 2009 / 4:40 PM / in 9 years

Canadian woman soldier found dead in Afghanistan

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian soldier was found dead in her room at a military base in southern Afghanistan on Thursday and enemy action is not suspected, the armed forces said Friday.

Major Michelle Mendes was the third female soldier from Canada to die on active duty in Afghanistan.

Canada has now lost 118 soldiers since first deploying troops to Afghanistan in late 2002. About 2,800 Canadian soldiers are 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

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