OTTAWA– One Canadian soldier was killed when his armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device about 40 km west of Kandahar City in Zharey District.  The incident occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m., Kandahar time, on January 31, 2009.

Killed in action was Sapper Sean Greenfield from 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based at CFB Petawawa.  Sapper Greenfield was a member of 24 Field Engineer Squadron and was serving with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.

The remaining members of the vehicle crew underwent a medical examination as a precautionary measure and were subsequently returned to duty. 

The soldiers were participating in an ongoing operation when the incident occurred.

All members of Task Force Kandahar are thinking of the family and friends of Sapper Greenfield during this difficult time.  We will not forget his sacrifice as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar Province.