One Canadian soldier killed and 11 injured in an explosive device strike

CEFCOM NR - 09.025 - September 17, 2009

OTTAWA – One Canadian soldier was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated in the vicinity of his vehicle while on patrol in Panjwai District. The incident occurred approximately 25 kilometres South-West of Kandahar City at around 10:15 a.m., Kandahar time, on 17th September, 2009.

Killed in action was Private Jonathan Couturier from the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, based in

Private Jonathan Couturier

Valcartier, Quebec. He was serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group.

Eleven other soldiers on foot patrol in the vicinity of the explosion were also injured. The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield and are in good condition. The identities of the injured soldiers will not be released.

Our thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of our fallen comrade.


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