Canadian soldier among two dozen killed in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – A Canadian soldier was among two dozen people killed in new Taliban-linked violence in Afghanistan, authorities said Saturday, as US presidential hopeful Barack Obama visited.

The soldier, the 88th fatality from Canada‘s military mission in Afghanistan since 2002, was killed when a bomb blew up a foot patrol in the southern province of Kandahar shortly before midnight Friday, the Canadian army said.

Canada is one of the major contributors to an international coalition helping the Afghan government tackle an insurgency launched after the Taliban were driven from government in late 2001 by a US-led coalition.

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