OTTAWA December 28, 2008, Canadian soldier, Sergeant Gregory John Kruse, 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, as well as one member of the Afghan National Police and one Afghan interpreter were killed on December 27, 2008, when an explosive device detonated in their vicinity in the Panjwayi District.

Four other Canadian soldiers and one Afghan interpreter were injured in the incident, which occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. local time, approximately 25 kilometres west of Kandahar City.   The soldiers were conducting security operations in the area when the explosion occurred.