One Canadian soldier was killed and seven others wounded Sunday during a roadside bomb explosion in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, a military official said.
Sgt. Scott Shipway died after his armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a security patrol around 12:30 p.m. local time, said Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson.
The wounded soldiers were reported in good condition and were well enough to telephone their families.
"The Afghan National Army helped secure the scene and the Canadian casualties were moved to the closest safe area," Thompson told reporters at Kandahar Airfield.
Shipway, originally from Saskatchewan, was with the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Man. He was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and was just days away from returning home, military officials said.
They said he will be remembered by his friends as a dedicated father and Saskatchewan Roughriders fan, as well as a strong platoon leader who served in Bosnia, Kosovo and Cyprus.
"The troops in his platoon loved him and referred to him as Papa Shipway. He was very loyal to his friends and his motto was 'Never let a comrade down,'" Thompson said.
The latest fatality brings to 97 the number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2002.