Name of Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan released
NR–08.015 - March 17, 2008
– The identity of the Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan is as
- Sergeant Jason Boyes, age 32, 2nd Battalion
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI), based out
of Shilo, Manitoba.
Sergeant Boyes was killed by an explosive device while
participating in a joint Afghan-Canadian foot patrol in the Zangabad
region, in the District of Panjwayi, approximately 35 km South-West
of Kandahar City.
Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
CEFCOM / COMFEC NR-08.014 - March 16, 2008
OTTAWA - A Canadian soldier was killed today by an explosive
device while participating in a joint Afghan-Canadian foot patrol in
the Zangabad region, in the District of Panjwayi, approximately 35
km South-West of Kandahar City. The soldier was immediately
evacuated by helicopter to the Canadian-led multinational hospital
at Kandahar Airfield, where he later succumbed to his wounds. The
incident occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. Kandahar time.
The name of the deceased soldier is being temporarily withheld at
the request of the family.
At the time of the incident, the soldier’s unit was conducting a
dismounted presence patrol in the area with Afghan National Security
Forces (ANSF). These patrols are part of the many ways ANSF and ISAF
show their presence, monitor the security situation and interact
with the local population.
This incident will not deter us from continuing our work with the
Government and the people of Afghanistan. Incidents like this one
prove that, along with our Afghan National Security Force partners,
Canadians need to continue working to bring about peace and security
in the region.
We have lost a fine Canadian today, and our hearts go out to the
family and friends of this brave soldier.