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Afghanistan: 22 Mar 2010
Canadian soldier dies from injuries
Canadian Soldier dies from injuries
Posted By Examiner Staff
Updated 8 mins ago
EDMONTON - A Canadian soldier who was injured in Afghanistan earlier this month has died in an Edmonton hospital.
The military says Cpl. Darren James Fitzpatrick died at the University of Alberta Hospital on Saturday as a result of his wounds.
Fitzpatrick was critically hurt by an improvised explosive device during a foot patrol west of Kandahar city on March 6. Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, have killed 85 of the 141 Canadian soldiers killed during the Afghan mission.
The 21-year-old infantryman was from Prince George, B.C., and was on his first operational tour. He is the 141st soldier to die since Canada's mission began in Afghanistan.
Fitzpatrick was a member of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton.
He had been treated at the base in Kandahar and a medical centre in Germany before being flown to the Edmonton hospital on Friday.
Fitzpatrick's death is the first since Cpl. Joshua Baker, 24, of Edmonton was killed during a routine training exercise near Kandahar in February.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement offering his condolences to Fitzpatrick's family, friends and fellow soldiers.
"This incident is a stark reminder that the Canadian mission in Afghanistan is a difficult one, but the Canadian Forces are making a difference and are improving the lives of the Afghan people," Harper said.
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