Canadian killed in Afghanistan was based in Petawawa


Canadian killed in Afghanistan was based in Petawawa
Last Updated: Saturday, October 7, 2006 | 1:08 PM ET
CBC News

The 40th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan was fatally wounded when a roadside explosive blew up near a NATO patrol on Saturday, a military spokesman said.

Col. Fred Lewis, the deputy commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan, said Trooper Mark Andrew Wilson was a gunner inside an armoured vehicle that struck a mine or a roadside bomb early Saturday morning.

Wilson was killed in the Panjwaii district west of Kandahar, the same area where two Canadian soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in an attack on Tuesday.

He was a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons and based in Petawawa, Ont.

Video footage showed a damaged Nyala RG-31 jeep being towed from the scene. The explosion penetrated the vehicle and the wounded soldier died later of his injuries. There were no other casualties, the colonel said.

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