Afghanistan death toll rises to 150

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Photo: DDO

Private Andrew Miller

The death toll for Canadian Forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan now stands at 150.

Two Canadian soldiers were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in as part of a convoy struck an improvised explosive device. The incident occurred about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City, in the Panjwa'i District at approximately 11 a.m. Kandahar time Saturday.

Master Corporal Kristal Giesebrecht, from 1 Canadian Field Hospital, was based in Petawawa, Ontario. She was serving in Afghanistan with the Task Force Kandahar Health Services Unit.

Private Andrew Miller, from 2 Field Ambulance, was also based in Petawawa and was serving with the Task Force Kandahar Health Services Unit.

Minister of National Defence Peter McKay, as he has done after every Canadian death in the war in Afghanistan, issued a statement praising the service of the two soldiers.

"We grieve the loss of Master Corporal Kristal Giesebrecht and Private Andrew Miller who died yesterday in Afghanistan. These soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Southern Kandahar. This is a tragic loss for Canada and for the Canadian Forces.

‘'My heartfelt sympathies are with the families and loved ones of these brave soldiers, who should be proud of the selfless sacrifice made by Master Corporal Kristal Giesebrecht and Private Andrew Miller.

‘'Master Corporal Kristal Giesebrecht and Private Andrew Miller gave their lives helping to create the secure conditions needed for reconstruction efforts and continued progress in Afghanistan.''

The two medics were responding to a report of a mine found in the doorway of a home when their vehicle detonated the IED, the military said.

They were attached to the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.

A third soldier was taken to a hospital on Kandahar Airfield and was in stable condition.

 

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Master Corporal Kristal Giesebrecht