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Canadian soldiers wounded in Afghan ambush

Five Canadian soldiers were slightly injured when their convoy was ambushed on the outskirts of Kandahar, military officials said late Saturday.

Five Canadian soldiers were slightly wounded when their convoy was ambushed on the outskirts of Kandahar, military officials said late Saturday.

Lt.-Cmdr. Hubert Genest said an RG-31 Nyala armoured vehicle was attacked by rocket propelled grenades and a roadside bomb about 13 kilometres west of Kandahar.

The soldiers were returning from a supply run to the Ma'sum Ghar forward operating base in the Panjwaii districtwhen they were attacked about 1:20 a.m. local time Sunday,officials said.

The wounded were returned to the Ma'sum Ghar base, where they were waiting to be taken by helicopter to the main Kandahar base. No further information on their wounds was given.

Canada currently has more than 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. It has lost 66 soldiers and one diplomat since it began the mission in early 2002.