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Canada's Defense Minister under fire in Afghanistan
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08:30, November 07, 2007

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Canada's Defense Minister Peter MacKay was under fire Tuesday when the Canadian military base near Kandahar he was visiting was attacked by two Taliban rockets, local media reported.

MacKay was unhurt during the attacks on the forward operating base located 20 kilometers west of Kandahar, a reporter for national newspaper "Globe and Mail" said from the southern Afghan city.

After the first rocket landed around 11 a.m. local time, MacKay was taken into an armored vehicle and transported to Kandahar air field shortly.

Four soldiers were lightly injured when the second rocket hit 15 minutes later.

It was unclear if the Taliban had any idea about MacKay's visit, the reporter said.

MacKay, who is in Afghanistan to trumpet Canada's achievements there, said he will continue the visit.

Canada has 2,500 troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua



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