News Release

Three Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

CEFCOM NR 08.040 - December 5, 2008

OTTAWA – Three Canadian soldiers were killed as a result of an improvised explosive device attack on their armoured vehicle during a joint patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers in the Arghandab District. The incident occurred approximately 15 kilometers west of Kandahar City at about 9:00 a.m., Kandahar time on 5 December 2008.
 

The Canadian soldiers were participating in a vehicle patrol with their Afghan colleagues when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. The three soldiers were killed instantly by the explosion.

Killed in action were Corporal Mark Robert McLaren and Private Demetrios Diplaros. The primary next of kin for all three soldiers have been notified; however, the third name will not be released at this time at the request of the family.

In an unrelated incident, earlier on the same day, two Canadian soldiers were seriously injured when an improvised explosive device detonated in the vicinity of a joint Canadian - Afghan foot patrol in Zharey District. The incident occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m., Kandahar time, approximately 30 kilometers west of Kandahar City.

A cordon was quickly established and the soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-national Medical Facility at Kandahar Airfield where one soldier is reported to be in serious condition and the other is reported to be in fair condition. The names of the injured soldiers will not be released.

 

Private Demetrios Diplaros

Private Demetrios Diplaros

Corporal Mark Robert McLaren

Corporal Mark Robert McLaren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today Canada lost three fine soldiers. It is our hope that the focus remains on the lives and sacrifices of our soldiers as they served Canada in an effort to bring peace and security to the people of Afghanistan.

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News Release

Name of third Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan released

CEFCOM NR 08.041 - December 5, 2008

OTTAWA – The third soldier killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on December 5, 2008, was Warrant Officer Robert John Wilson.

Warrant Officer  Robert John Wilson

Warrant Officer Robert John Wilson

 WO Wilson was a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ontario, serving with the Task Force Kandahar Operational Mentor and Liaison Team.

 He was killed with Corporal Mark Robert McLaren and Private Demetrios Diplaros, in an attack by improvised explosive device on their armoured vehicle, during a joint patrol in the Arghandab District with Afghan National Army soldiers. The incident occurred approximately 15 kilometres west of Kandahar City at about 9:00 a.m. Kandahar time.

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Media Advisory

Our Fallen Soldiers Return Home

LFCA MA 08-015 - December 7, 2008

OTTAWA – Our fallen soldiers, Private Demetrios Diplaros, 25, Corporal Mark Robert McLaren, 23, and Warrant Officer Robert John Wilson, 27, all infantrymen with the First Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based in Petawawa, Ontario, will return home to Canada on Monday, December 8, 2008.

Where:  8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.

When:   Monday, December 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

What:    At the wishes of the families, media will be permitted on the tarmac.

Present to pay their respects will be Her Excellency The Governor General of Canada, The Right Honourable MichaŽlle Jean, Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Chief of Defence Staff, General W.J. Natynczyk and other dignitaries.

The three soldiers were killed as a result of an improvised explosive device attack on their armoured vehicle during a joint patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers in the Arghandab District. The incident occurred approximately 15 kilometres west of Kandahar City at about 9:00 a.m. Kandahar time on December 5, 2008.

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