News Release

Name of sixth Canadian soldier killed released

CEFCOM NR–07.025 - July 5, 2007

OTTAWA – The name of the last of six Canadian soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on July 4, 2007 is as follows:

Captain Jefferson Francis, 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Shilo, Man.

On July 4, 2007 six Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were killed, when their RG-31 vehicle struck a suspected improvised explosive device approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City.

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MCpl Colin Bason, a reservist from The Royal Westminster Regiment was killed on 4 July, 2007 along with 5 other CF members and one Afghan interpreter, when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device, approximately 20km south-west of Kandahar City. RWMR is based out of New West Minster, B.C. Captain Matthew Johnathan Dawe, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was killed on 4 July, 2007 along with 5 other CF members and one Afghan interpreter, when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device, approximately 20km south-west of Kandahar City. 3 PPCLI is based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Cpl Cole Bartsch, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was killed on 4 July, 2007 along with 5 other CF members and one Afghan interpreter, when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device, approximately 20km south-west of Kandahar City. 3 PPCLI is based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Private Lane Watkins was killed on 4 July, 2007 along with 5 other CF members and one Afghan interpreter, when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device, approximately 20km south-west of Kandahar City. Pte Watkins was a member of 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia"s Canadian Light Infantry, 3 PPCLI, based out of Edmonton. Cpl Jordan Anderson, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was killed on 4 July, 2007 along with 5 other CF members and one Afghan interpreter, when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device, approximately 20km south-west of Kandahar City. 3 PPCLI is based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Captain Jefferson Francis of 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery(1 RCHA), was killed on 4 July, 2007 along with 5 other CF members and one Afghan interpreter, when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device, approximately 20km south-west of Kandahar City. 1 RCHA is based out of Shilo, Manitoba.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Release

Name of fifth Canadian soldier killed released

CEFCOM NR–07.024 - July 5, 2007

OTTAWA – The name of the fifth Canadian soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on July 4, 2007 is as follows:

  • Corporal Jordan Anderson, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alta.

At the request of the family, the name of the remaining soldier killed, is being withheld temporarily.

On July 4, 2007 six Canadian soldiers were killed, when their RG-31 vehicle struck a suspected improvised explosive device approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City. An Afghan interpreter was also killed in the blast. 

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News Release

Names of Four of the Six Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan released

CEFCOM NR–07.023 - July 4, 2007

OTTAWA – The names of four of the six Canadian soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on July 4, 2007 are as follows:

Captain Matthew Johnathan Dawe, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alta.;

Master Corporal Colin Bason, a reservist from The Royal Westminster Regiment based in New Westminster, B.C.;

Corporal Cole Bartsch, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alta.; and

Private Lane Watkins, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alta.

At the request of the family, the names of the remaining two soldiers killed, are being withheld temporarily.

The soldiers were killed when their RG-31 vehicle struck a suspected improvised explosive device approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City. An Afghan interpreter was also killed in the blast. The incident occurred while the soldiers were returning from conducting joint patrol operations with the Afghan National Army.

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News Release

Six Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

CEFCOM NR–07.022 - July 4, 2007

OTTAWA – Six Canadian soldiers and one Afghan interpreter were killed at approximately 10:55 a.m. Kandahar time today when their vehicle struck a suspected improvised explosive device approximately 20 km south-west of Kandahar City. The names of the casualties are being withheld pending the notification of families.

The incident occurred while the soldiers were returning from conducting joint operations with the Afghan National Army. This joint operation was dubbed Operation LUGER and is indicative of the ever-increasing capability of Afghan National Security forces. Operation LUGER was an Afghan led operation to enhance security in the Panjwayii district that saw Canadian Forces troops play a supporting role to their Afghan counterparts. The operation was completed without incident, and the attack occurred as the patrol returned to a nearby forward operating base. Afghan National Army forces have made great progress in increasing their level of professionalism and operational capability and regularly work in close cooperation with Canadian Forces personnel who stand alongside them in the field, and mentor them as they develop a cohesive and professional military force.

The members of Joint Task Force Afghanistan are deeply saddened by the loss of these brave individuals as they worked side by side with their Afghan counterparts to bring security and stability to southern Afghanistan.

We will not be deterred by the efforts of those who would deny the Afghan people a brighter future.

 

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