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Sunday, 28 May 2006 22:19
Five Wounded: Canadian Soldiers Caught in Ambush

CBC News
- A Canadian soldier was seriously wounded on Monday in a short battle with Taliban insurgents west of Kandahar. Four others suffered less serious injuries.


Five Canadians wounded in Taliban ambush
Last Updated Mon, 29 May
2006 06:31:28 EDT

CBC News

The as-yet-unnamed soldier has been airlifted to a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhle, Germany for treatment of injuries described by officials as serious but not life-threatening.

Four other Canadian soldiers were wounded when they were ambushed in the Panjwai area of Afghanistan. Two were back on duty shortly after receiving treatment and the other two were expected to return to work soon, Maj. Mario Couture said.

The soldiers, from the Edmonton-based First Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Shilo, Man., were returning to base after a patrol to a village in the Zhari area.

They came upon a group of insurgents setting up an ambush at about 1:30 a.m. The surprised Taliban fired assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades at the Canadian light armoured vehicle LAV III.

The Canadian soldiers were wounded with shrapnel from a grenade and escaped the battle in their still-functioning vehicle.

As many as six Taliban were killed in the engagement, Couture said.

The Zhari area is adjacent to the Panjwai district where Canadian soldiers have been involved in fierce fighting in the past two weeks.

At least 130 Taliban have been killed, captured or wounded as hundreds of Canadian soldiers, backed with air support from U.S. helicopters and airplanes, have taken on the insurgents.

Canada has suffered several casualties in the fighting, including Capt. Nichola Goddard, who was killed on May 17 when the light armoured vehicle she was in was hit by rocket-propelled grenades.

Canada has about 2,300 soldiers stationed in Kandahar.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 May 2006 22:19

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