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Canadian soldier wounded in Afghanistan

A Canadian soldier is in serious but stable condition after being wounded by a roadside bomb near Kandahar on Saturday, the military announced Sunday.

A Canadian soldier is in serious but stable condition after being wounded by a roadside bomb near Kandahar on Saturday, the military announced Sunday.

The soldier was in an armoured vehicle when the bomb went off, spokesman Maj. Jay Janzen said. After the explosion, the soldier, who is a member of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, was taken to hospital by helicopter.

He was on patrol in the Arghandab district near Kandahar at the time, Janzen said. The area is a battleground where Canadian and Afghan troops fight the Taliban, who place so many roadside bombs that explosions occur almost daily.

Most are defused before they explode, although they have accounted for 40 of the 97 Canadian deaths in the country.

The soldier's name will not be released, Janzen said.