Two Canadian soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan

Two Canadian soldiers were killed Monday following a suicide car-bomber's attack on a military convoy in southern Afghanistan, Canadian media reported.

The two soldiers were in a Bison, an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier, when a civilian vehicle drove alongside and detonated explosives on the outskirts of Kandahar.

"I have to announce that two Canadian soldiers were killed just outside Kandahar City," said the Commander of Canadian Forces in Southern Afghanistan Brig.-Gen. Tim Grant on Monday.

Canada has more than 2,000 troops in the country, with the majority stationed in the volatile province of Kandahar

The death toll among Canadian troops in Afghanistan since 2002 now stands at 44, along with one diplomat. Thirty-six have died this year.

Recent polls found that Canadians are divided and worried about the mission and the number of Canadians who "strongly approve" of military participation in Afghanistan is at its lowest level yet.

In the survey of 2,005 Canadians conducted by Environics Research Group from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, only 19 per cent said they strongly approved of Canadian military participation in the country.

When the first survey was conducted in 2002, 38 percent said they strongly approved of Canada's presence in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua



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