Canadian soldier who died in Afghanistan identified
The military has identified a Canadian soldier who died this weekend from non-combat-related wounds.
Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment based out of CFB Petawawa, Ont., was found dead Saturday at a forward operating base located in Kandahar city, the military said in a statement.
Roy, originally from Rimouski, Que., was a logistician responsible for transport of troops and equipment on his second deployment to Afghanistan, said Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner, the commander of the Canadian task force. His age was not released.
In his spare time, Roy liked to fish, run and had a passion for old cars, Milner said.
"Our thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of Master Cpl. Roy," he said.
"As we say farewell to our fallen comrade, we shall continue to dedicate our efforts to improve security and stability here in Afghanistan. We will maintain our resolve and remain committed to the mission during our final days."
Military police are investigating, but they have already determined Roy's death is not criminal or the result of enemy fire, the CBC's James Cudmore reported from Kandahar.
Roy's death brings the total number of Canadian soldiers killed since the start of Canada's mission in Afghanistan to 157.
Four Canadian civilians have also been killed, including one diplomat, one journalist and two aid workers.