A member of the Canadian Forces has been found dead of a gunshot wound inside a secure compound in the Afghan capital.

A military statement says the soldier serving at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul died shortly after 7:30 a.m. local time today.

The victim had been found seriously injured in his room an hour earlier and doctors were unable to save him.

Few other details are available. However, military officials ruled out enemy action, saying the incident occurred within the ISAF compound.

Both ISAF and Canadian military officials are investigating and say they have not ruled out either murder or suicide.

The soldier's name is being temporarily withheld at the family's request.