Saturday, April 22, 2006

War On Terror Continues

Four Canadian soldiers were killed Saturday in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. The attack happened around 7:30am local time in Gumbad, about 70 kilometres south of Kandahar. Three of the troops died at the scene of the blast, while the fourth was taken to hospital where he died a short time later. They were travelling in a G-Wagon as part of a mixed convoy of vehicles and were working with local residents in the area to "establish the legitimate authority of the Afghan government," said Brig. Gen. David Fraser.According to military officials, two of the soldiers were reservists. The troops' names haven’t been released, but officials said one was from Edmonton, one from Victoria, one from Petawawa and one was from Toronto. This fatal attack happened nearly a month after Pte. Robert Costall was killed in a deadly firefight with Taliban insurgents outside of Kandahar. Sixteen Canadians have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.Canadian troops took control of the front lines in the volatile Kandahar province in February, which is the Taliban’s home turf.