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News - Afghanistan - 25 Jun 2011

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Afghanistan: 25 Jun 2011
Another Canadian soldier dies of non-combat related injuries in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN—For the second time in a month a Canadian soldier has died of non-combat related injuries in Afghanistan.

It casts a shadow over the army and potentially raises more troubling questions about the trauma faced by returning veterans as the country’s war comes to an end.

The highly-trained soldier, whose name was temporarily withheld at the request of the family, was found by fellow troops at a forward operating base located in Kandahar city early Saturday.

No other particulars, including the age or hometown, were immediately released.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement offering condolences to the soldier’s family.

“We are all saddened by this loss,” the statement said.

There was speculation the soldier belonged to the highly-secretive, elite special forces — something the army would not confirm on Saturday.

News of the latest tragedy came from the Canadian headquarters in a short statement issued late Saturday night, local time.

Military police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, but “enemy action has been ruled out,” the six sentence release said.

Usually, the Canadian task force commander announces when soldiers have been killed, but Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner’s statement was delayed until the family agrees to release more information.

The death brings to 157 the number of Canadian troops who’ve died as a result of the Afghan mission since 2002.


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