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
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
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
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
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.