Canada investigates soldier's mystic death in Afghanistan

08:40, June 27, 2011      

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An investigation was underway on the "sudden and mysterious" death of a Canadian soldier, who was found dead early Saturday at a base in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The defense department said in a statement that the soldier died from non-combat-related wounds and the soldier's identity wouldn't be released for now at the request of his family.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service are charge of the investigation, it added.

Previously, both Canadian Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered condolences to the soldier's family.

With the latest death counted, a total of 157 Canadian troops have died in Afghanistan since the country joined the NATO's Afghan mission in 2002.

In addition, two Canadian aid workers, a diplomat and a journalist have also been killed there.

The Canadian government pledged in November to pull back most of the roughly 3,000 Canadian combat troops currently serving in Afghanistan by July, as required by the Parliament.

Source: Xinhua
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