One more Canadian soldier dead in Afghanistan

09:21, May 15, 2010      

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Both Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay issued statements Friday, announcing the death of another Canadian soldier in Afghanistan.

According to the statement by MacKay, Private Kevin Thomas McKay died on Thursday when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted night patrol in the Panjwayi district, approximately 15 kilometers southwest of Kandahar City.

Harper and Mackay expressed their "deep sorrow" by his loss in their respective statements. "Canadians are forever proud and grateful for his service and for the contributions of all our men and women in uniform to this UN-mandated, NATO-led mission," said Harper.

"Pte McKay gave his life while proudly serving Canada and to bring back hope to a population that has seen hardship and turmoil, " MacKay said.

24-year-old Private Kevin Thomas McKay was a member of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Local media CBC reported that he was two days away from finishing his tour in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua
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