Canadian soldier killed in Taliban bomb attack
OTTAWA – A Canadian soldier was killed when an explosive device detonated during a foot patrol in the Panjwai District near Kandahar in Afghanistan.
Private Alexandre Peloquin, 20, became the 119th fatality for Canada in its Afghan mission.
The department of defence said the incident took place in an area south-west of Kandahar City at around 09:20 a.m., Kandahar time, June 8, 2009.
Péloquin was from the 3e Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City. He was serving as a member of the 2e Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group.
The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield. The next-of-kin have been notified.
Canada’s minister for national defence, Peter MacKay expressed his regrets.
“I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Private Alexandre Péloquin, who was killed today when an explosive device detonated during a foot patrol in the Panjwai District.
“Pte Péloquin was a brave Canadian who deserves the gratitude and respect of his nation. He served valiantly, and represents Canadian values and traditions in the finest sense.
“He gave his life to provide hope to Afghans for a better future and to protect Canadian national interests and the values of freedom, democracy respect for human rights and the rule of law. This UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission is a challenging one and Canada and the world community will not be swayed from this noble cause,” said MacKay.