Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan

TORONTO [PeterPaul.ca] — Another Canadian soldier has died in Afghanistan. Sapper Steven Marshall died Friday following an IED blast in the deadly Panjwaii District while on foot patrol. Media reports said he was just 24-years-old. There were no other reports of injuries.

Panjwaii District is located about 10 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.

“We grieve the loss of Sapper Steven Marshall who died today in Afghanistan. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends and comrades,” Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay, said.

“Just as we were beginning to come to terms with the death of one of our soldiers, we find ourselves once again mourning a tragic loss in the space of just a few hours,” Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, said.

“This tragedy is a cruel reminder of the risks that our soldiers in Afghanistan face. We have the utmost respect for these men and women who selflessly give so much of themselves with such tremendous courage,” she added.

Sapper Marshall belonged to the 11 Field Squadron 1 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Edmonton, Alberta. He became the second soldier from Edmonton to be killed in three days and the 133rd Canadian to die since the mission began in 2002.

“Let us never forget Sapper Marshall, whose self-sacrifice served to make life better for others,” a National Defence statement said.

Meanwhile, the remains of Lieutenant Justin Boyes, who died Wednesday following another IED strike, are due to arrive at CFB Trenton at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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