Kandahar: 2 Canadians killed in Roadside Bomb
Brave Americans and Canadians are risking their lives for the protection of our families and way of life, God bless them.
The Canadian vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the troubled Zhari district of southern Kandahar province, NATO Brig. Gen. Guy Laroche told reporters at Kandahar Airfield.
The Canadian military did not immediately identify the soldiers, but said they belonged to Quebec's Royal 22nd Regiment, which began its rotation in Afghanistan a few weeks ago.
"These soldiers gave their life helping to bring stability and security to Afghanistan," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement released late Wednesday.
An Afghan interpreter also was killed and one Canadian soldier was wounded, officials said. Radio-Canada said its cameraman, Charles Dubois, suffered serious leg injuries in the bombing.
With the latest casualties, 69 Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002. Canada has about 2,300 soldiers in the country, mainly operating in Kandahar province, the former Taliban stronghold.