2 Canadians killed in Baghdad

Two Canadians were killed in Baghdad on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.

Two Canadians have been killed in Baghdad, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday.

One of the casualties was Munir Toma. His hometown was unknown and Foreign Affairs would not say when or how he died.

On the request of the other victim's family, Foreign Affairs will not release the person's name, age, gender, where the person lived, or how the person died.

Some media reports have identified the second victim as Andrew Shmakov, a businessman working in the war-torn country.

Foreign Affairs could not confirm media reports that the two Canadians died in a car bombing that killed 47 people and injured about 114 more.

The attack took place near a Baghdad police station as people lined up to apply to join the force.

A group linked to al-Qaeda and headed by militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the bombing.

At least five other Canadians have been killed in Iraq since the war started:

  • Vatche Arslanian of Oromocto, N.B., was caught in crossfire between U.S. and Iraqi forces in April 2003 while working for the International Red Cross.
  • Cpl. Bernard Gooden, a Jamaican-born Canadian fighting with the U.S. Marines, was killed in April 2003.
  • Christopher Klein-Beekman of British Columbia died in August 2003 car bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad. He had been working for UNICEF.
  • Gillian Clark of Toronto was killed in the same August 2003 UN headquarters bombing. She had been working for the Christian Children's Fund.
  • Andrew Bradsell, a former British marine living in British Columbia, was killed in March 2004 while providing security for a private corporation in Iraq.