Canadian Officer killed in Afghanistan - SW of Khandahar City
Lieutenant Justin Garrett Boyes, aged 26, of Saskatchewan was killed by a homemade bomb while on a foot patrol South West of Khandahar City.
Lieutenant Boyes is a member of the Third Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry stationed at Edmonton Alberta. Justin Boyes was the first troop killed since a new rotation of troops earlier this month. Two other Canadian soldiers were injured in the explosion.
He is the 132nd Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan since Canada.s first deployment in early 2002.
Boyes was ten days into his second tour. He was formerly a member of the North Saskatchewan Regiment, a reserve regiment located near North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He joined the Regular Army last year.
He is survived by his wife, Alana, a three-year-old son, James, his parents, David and Angela, as well as a sister who lives in Britain and a brother who serves with another Patricia's battalion in Shilo, Manitoba.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — A young army officer on Wednesday became the first Canadian killed in action since a new rotation of troops flowed into this war-torn Afghan province earlier this month.
Lt. Justin Garrett Boyes, 26, was killed by a homemade bomb while on a morning foot patrol with Afghan National Police about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.
The infantryman from the Edmonton-based, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was the 132nd Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan since the Chretien government first sent troops to Kandahar in the spring of 2002 and the 124th to die since the Martin government ordered a battle group to Kandahar province in March 2006.
Two other Canadians were wounded in the explosion. They were listed in good condition at the main NATO military hospital at the Kandahar Airfield.