Canadian soldiers dead in Afghanistan
Last Updated Thu, 18 Apr 2002 0:13:46
OTTAWA - Four Canadians are dead after an American plane accidentally dropped at least one bomb during a live fire training exercise in Afghanistan.
Eight others were injured in the blast. Two of them are reported to be in critical condition.
The American F-18 fighter jet dropped the bombs during a training exercise near Kandahar Wednesday. The incident took place about 14 kilometres south of the Kandahar Airport.
Reports indicate that the victims were members of the Edmonton-based Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. No identities have been released pending notification of family members.
The Defence Department has called a news conference for midnight eastern time at department headquarters in Ottawa.