Today, our thoughts and our prayers go out to the families, friends and comrades of six more of our brothers who died in combat in Afghanistan yesterday. They, along with their interpreter, were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Panjwaii district about 20km southwest of Kandahar.
The explosion happened as the soldiers were returning from a forward operations base after conducting a cordon and search operation of an Afghan village in a joint operation with the Afghan National Army.
Two names are being withheld at the request of the families. The other four are;
- Capt. Jefferson Francis, 37, RCHA
- Capt. Matthew Dawe, 27, PPCLI
- Cpl. Jordan Anderson, 25, PPCLI
- Cpl. Cole Bartsch, 23, PPCLI
- Pte. Lane Watkins, 20, PPCLI
- MCpl. Colin Bason, 28, Royal Westminster Regiment.
These latest casualties bring the toll to 66 Canadian soldiers and one diplomat killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of the mission in 2002. All of these brave soldiers have our respect, gratitude and support.
Â Update: The names of the remaining two soldiers have been released and added to the list above.