OTTAWA – Three Canadian soldiers were killed after an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle, while on patrol, on Highway 1 in Zharey District on a notoriously dangerous stretch of highway in southern Afghanistan at approximately 10:30 a.m., Kandahar time, on August 20, 2008.

Cpl. Dustin Roy Robert Joseph Wasden, 25, a combat engineer with 12 Field Squadron, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment from Edmonton, Alberta and attached to the Second Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group.

He was evacuated to Kandahar Air Field’s Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility. Sadly he was confirmed dead by medical authorities.

The commitment and sacrifice of our soldiers are helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Kandahar Province. We will continue with our mission as we remember the lives of our fallen soldiers. We remain committed to working together with the people of Afghanistan to improve security and stability in Kandahar Province.