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Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

RFFC 89.1 - August 9, 2008

OTTAWA– A Canadian soldier died of his injuries following an engagement involving coalition forces, insurgents and security personnel from a civilian convoy in the Zharey District around 9 a.m. (Kandahar time) today. An investigation is being conducted to determine the details surrounding this incident and further information will be made public as it becomes available.

The fallen soldier is Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Manitoba. First aid was administered to MCpl Roberts immediately following the incident. He was evacuated by helicopter to Kandahar Air Field’s Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility, but sadly was pronounced dead upon arrival.

All members of Task Force Kandahar are thinking of the family and friends of our fallen comrade during this time of sorrow. The dedication and sacrifice of soldiers like MCpl Roberts are helping to make a difference in the lives of countless Afghan citizens. .

Statement by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Opposition, on the Death of Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts in Afghanistan

August 9, 2008
I was greatly saddened to hear of the loss of Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts, who died this morning in the Zhari district in Afghanistan.

Master Corporal Roberts was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Manitoba.

His death is a grave tragedy which reminds us of the daily risks that men and women of the Canadian Forces face as they put themselves in harm’s way to create a safe and secure world for the people of Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with these brave individuals.

Members of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, join me in offering our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Master Corporal Roberts at this difficult time.





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