Sgt. Shane Stachnik from 2 Combat Engineer Regiment

Sergeant Shane Stachnik was killed on September 3, 2006 in Afghanistan during operation Medusa. 

The friendly fire incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. when soldiers trying to seize a Taliban stronghold along the Arghandab River requested air support. NATO said in a statement that the International Security Assistance Force provided the support but "regrettably engaged friendly forces during a strafing run, using cannons." It later identified the planes as U.S. A-10 Thunderbolts.

It was a scene of absolute chaos this morning at the airport near the hospital. We were there as helicopter after helicopter ferried in the wounded," CTV's Matt McClure reported from Kandahar. Brig.-Gen. David Fraser, the Canadian in charge of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, said Operation Medusa will continue despite the casualties. "This has been a tough hit, but Canadians are continuing the fight," he said in a statement released Monday. Monday's friendly fire incident was the second such incident since Canadians began operations in Afghanistan more than four years ago.

The friendly fire death comes just one day after another four Canadian soldiers were killed and six wounded during Operation Medusa, a mission aimed at purging militants from the Taliban stronghold of the Panjwaii district west of Kandahar.