Canadian military officials have identified the latest soldier to be killed in Afghanistan as Sgt. Jason Boyes, who was based in Manitoba.

The 32-year-old was born in Lynn Lake, Man., about 1,100 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based at Canadian Forces Base Shilo.

Boyes, who had recently arrived in Kandahar, was killed by an explosive device while on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan Sunday night, military officials said Monday.

He was on patrol with members of the Afghan National Security Forces in Zangabad in the Panjwaii district when the blast occurred at 8:20 p.m. local time Sunday, Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche told reporters.

The area is about 35 kilometres southwest of the city of Kandahar in Kandahar province.

Boyes was airlifted to the military hospital at Kandahar Air Field where he died of his wounds shortly after, Laroche said.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our lost comrade in this very difficult time," he said. "We have lost a brother and a fine soldier who answered a call of duty one last time.

He had arrived in the last few weeks with a new rotation of troops, Laroche said, but he said his death was not the result of inexperience or being new to Afghanistan.

Laroche said the foot patrols are one way Afghan and International Security Assistance Force troops show their presence in the area, which is a Taliban stronghold.