OTTAWA – September 7 2008 Canadian soldier, Sgt Prescott Shipway was killed and seven were injured after their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) during a security patrol in Panjwayii District at approximately 12:30 p.m., Kandahar time. 

Sgt Prescott Shipway, an infantryman with the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Manitoba.

Afghan National Army soldiers secured the area while the Canadian soldiers were being cared for before being evacuated by helicopter to Kandahar Air Field’s Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility.

The injured soldiers are reported to be in good condition. All were treated and are expected to self-notify their next of kin. The wounded soldiers’ names will not be released.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sgt Shipway during this difficult time. In the upcoming days, we will be focusing our efforts on providing the best possible support to the family and colleagues of our brother-in-arms as we continue in our mission to bring security and stability to the people of Kandahar province.