TORONTO [PeterPaul.ca] — Lieutenant Justin Boyes, 26, was killed instantly when the ground he was walking on exploded as he patrolled a heavily populated district in Afghanistan, the Ministry of National Defence announced Wednesday.
Lt. Boyes, leading a team of Afghan National Police early Wednesday around 9 a.m. local time, died when an Improvised Explosive Device [IED] detonated under his feet. He was just 10 days into his second tour of duty in the war ravaged country.
The blast, which occurred about 20 kilometres south-west of Kandahar City, injured two other Canadian soldiers. Both are expected to recover, the Globe and Mail reported.mThe explosion followed an attack on a U.N. safe house in central Kabul on Wednesday which killed six U.N. officials.
“I join all Canadians in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Lieutenant Boyes. You remain in our hearts and in our minds,” Canadian Governor-General Michaëlle Jean said in a statement.
“On behalf of the defence community, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Lieutenant Justin Boyes who died while conducting operations in Afghanistan,” Defence Minister Peter MacKay said.
“I would also like to wish a prompt and full recovery to the two other soldiers injured in the same incident,” Minister MacKay added.
Lt. Boyes served under the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was apart of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team. He became the 132nd Canadian soldier killed in action since the mission began in 2002.
He is survived by his wife, Alana, and three-year-old son, James.