Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
One Canadian soldier was killed today at approximately 9:30 a.m.,
Kandahar time. The Canadian soldier was killed by direct fire when a
joint Afghan-Canadian dismounted security patrol came under small
arms fire from insurgents in the Panjwayi District. The fallen
soldier is Captain Richard (Steve) Leary of the 2nd
Battalion, Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry, from Shilo,
During their patrol, the soldiers encountered insurgents who
attacked with small arms fire. Capt Leary was struck while the
soldiers were returning fire and repositioning. Close air support
was called in and the enemy was defeated.
He will be the latest Canadian mourned on the Highway of Heroes,
after he lost his life in the war torn nation on Tuesday.
Military crews immediately evacuated him to hospital by air but
doctors couldn't save him and he died of his wounds soon after. The
troops called in air patrols and drove off the insurgents, but it
was too late for Leary, who was already mortally wounded.
There's no indication yet what his hometown was, but the release
of his identity means that family members have already been