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Body of Cpl. Dubé begins final journey home

Soldiers and civilians alike gathered at Kandahar Airfield on Monday to pay their respects to Cpl. Martin Dubé as his body began its final journey home.
Cpl. Martin Dubé, 35, was killed in southern Afghanistan on Sunday when an improvised explosive device he was trying to defuse exploded. ((Colin Perkel/Canadian Press) )
Soldiers and civilians alike gathered at Kandahar Airfield on Monday to pay their respects to Cpl. Martin Dubé as his body began its final journey home.

Dubé was killed on Sunday when a roadside bomb he was trying to defuse exploded. Dubé, 35, was a combat engineer from the 5 Combat Engineer Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Quebec City.

His casket  was loaded onto a transport plane in an evening ramp ceremony.

"In his desire to make a difference, he gave his life suddenly, without warning," Padre Bastien Leclerc told the crowd assembled on the tarmac.

"We will all miss his infectious smile, his determination, and his will to make this part of the world a better place to live."

Military pallbearers carry the casket of Cpl. Martin Dubé at the Kandahar Airfield on Monday. ((Colin Perkel/Canadian Press))
Dubé is the 120th Canadian soldier to die on the Afghan mission, and the second to die in a week. Dubé is survived by his parents Marie-Paule and Roger, brother Vincent and girlfriend Julie.

An Afghan police officer was also killed and an Afghan interpreter was seriously injured in Sunday's explosion, which occurred about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City at 12:30 p.m. local time.

With files from The Canadian Press

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