Military releases names of 'friendly fire' victims
Military officials in Edmonton have released the names of the Canadians killed and injured in the so-called "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan.
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The four soldiers killed are:
- Sgt. Marc Leger
- Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer
- Pte. Richard Green
- Pte. Nathan Smith
The ages of the victims have not yet been released. Two of the soldiers are from the Edmonton area, one is from Hamilton, Ontario, and the fourth is from Halifax.
Marley Leger, the wife of Marc Leger told CBC News that her husband was 29 years-old and had been a soldier for eight or nine years. She said family members were on their way to her home in Edmonton.
The four are the first Canadian Forces personnel to die in a combat zone since the Korean War, 50 years ago.
Brig.-Gen. Ivan Fenton, the commander of land forces for the western area, released the names of the casualties at a news conference in Edmonton.
"All military families brace themselves, but expected or not, this is a terrible shock and we're doing everything thing we can to help these families. They have our deepest sympathy, and we across canada, our military community, is sharing this suffering with them," Fenton said.
The injured are listed as:
- Sgt. Lorne Ford
- Cpl. Ren Paquet
- Master Cpl. Curtis Hollister
- Cpl. Brett Perry
- Pte. Norman Link
- Cpl. Shane Brennan
- Master Cpl. Stanley Clark
- Cpl. Brian Decaire
Their hometowns were not immediately available.
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Two of the injured are said to have life threatening injuries. They have been flown to a military hospital in Ramstein, Germany, as have four of the other wounded soldiers. Two have minor injuries and will remain in Afghanistan.
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson was in Germany as the survivors arrived.
"Technology can't prevent things like this," Fenton told reporters.
Fenton said it's unclear at this time when the bodies will be returned to Canada.