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Canadian soldier shot, seriously wounded in Afghanistan

A Canadian soldier was shot and seriously wounded by insurgents in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

A Canadian soldier was shot and seriously wounded by insurgents in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The soldier was struck by small arms fire at about 5:20 p.m. in the Panjwayi district, about 30 kilometres west of Kandahar City, the military said.

The soldier, whose identity has not been released, was evacuated by helicopter to the hospital at Kandahar Airfield.

The military said the soldier is in serious but stable condition. The soldier's family has been notified.

The incident came two days after Cpl. Michael Farrah, 23, sustained head injuries when an improvised bomb exploded near his vehicle about 45 kilometres west of Kandahar.

The last Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan was Sgt. Prescott Shipway of the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, who succumbed after his armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a security patrol on Sept. 7.

Since Shipway's death, Canadian forces have suffered few casualties.

The period between July and early September, however, had been a particularly bloody one for the Canadian Forces. In that time, 12 troops lost their lives, compared with 11 for the rest of the year combined.

There are about 2,500 Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan, mostly in the volatile southern province of Kandahar. Since Canada began its mission in 2002, 98 Canadians have been killed in the war-torn country.