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Names of two of the three Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan released

CEFCOM / COMFEC NR–07.019 - June 20, 2007

OTTAWA – The identities of two of the three Canadian soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on June 20, 2007 are as follows:

  • Corporal Stephen Frederick Bouzane, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry; and
  • Private Joel Vincent Wiebe, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

 At the request of the family, the third soldier’s name is being temporarily withheld.

 

News Release

Name of third Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan released

CEFCOM NR–07.020 - June 20, 2007

OTTAWA – The identity of the third Canadian soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on June 20, 2007 is as follows:

  • Sergeant Christos Karigiannis, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

     

    Corporal Stephen Frederick Bouzane of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was killed when the vehicle in which he was traveling struck an improvised explosive device approximately 40 km west of Kandahar City, Afghanistan Private Joel Vincent Wiebe of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was killed when the vehicle in which he was traveling struck an improvised explosive device approximately 40 km west of Kandahar City, Afghanistan Sergeant Christos Karigiannis of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was killed when the vehicle in which he was traveling struck an improvised explosive device approximately 40 km west of Kandahar City, Afghanistan

     

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    CityNews.ca Staff

    It's been another deadly day for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan after three soldiers were killed in a roadside explosion Wednesday.

    The open-top all-terrain vehicle they were travelling in for a resupply mission was apparently struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). They were between two checkpoints when the blast occurred.

    "It's less than a kilometre between the two checkpoints," Canadian Forces top commander Brig.-Gen. Tim Grant told the media at Kandahar Airfield. "A determined enemy was clearly able to penetrate the defences and the observation in the area to plant this device."

    Two of the deceased have been identified as Cpl. Stephen Frederick Bouzane and Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe, both of 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. 

    The name of the third soldier had not yet been released.

    Some questioned whether the soldiers were in a vehicle that left them vulnerable, to which Grant responded;   "No. This is an unfortunate accident."

    "The vehicle was appropriate to the task at hand ... It was in terrain that was suited to this vehicle, as opposed to others."

    Their deaths bring the number of Canadians killed in Afghanistan to 60 since forces were stationed there in 2002.

    Meanwhile, in fighting elsewhere in the country Canadian and Afghan soldiers reportedly killed 15 Taliban fighters in a fierce battle in southern Kandahar. Two Canadians were injured in the fighting, as were three Afghan troops.

    The latest deaths come on the same day as the funeral for 25-year-old Trooper Darryl Caswell in Bowmanville, Ont. Caswell was killed by a similar attack on June 11.

    Joint Task Force Afghanistan and other soldiers from the ISAF community pay tribute to fallen soldiers during a ramp ceremony held at the Kandahar Air Field. Soldiers slowly carry their fallen comrades, Sergeant Christos Karigiannis, Corporal Stephen Frederick Bouzane, and Private Joel Vincent Wiebe, to the waiting C130 Hercules transport for the journey back to Canada All three soldiers were members of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI) from CFB Edmonton.

     

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