Canadian soldier found dead in Afghanistan identified
By QMI Agency
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — Master Cpl. Francis Roy from the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) was named as the soldier who was found dead from non-combat related wounds Saturday.
Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner, the commander of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan, made the announcement Sunday morning.
On its website, the CSOR, which is based in Petawawa, Ont., says it is “internationally recognized for being an innovative, cutting-edge special operations force.”
The statement said that Roy was serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Special Operations Task Force, and added that “as the incident is presently under investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, no further details are available at this time.”
While Roy didn’t apparently die in battle, the death of any soldier — after hard fighting here — cuts deep into the ranks.
Since 2002, 157 Canadian Forces members have died during the Afghanistan mission.
Four Canadian civilians have also lost their lives in this country.
The repatriation is tentatively set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at CFB Trenton.