Sunday saw the death toll among Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan rise to 155. A roadside bomb killed 24-year-old Corporal Yannick Scherrer of Montreal while he was on foot patrol near Nakhonay, southwest of Kandahar City. He was a member of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, based in CFB Valcartier in Quebec and this was his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The last soldier who was killed was Cpl. Steve Martin, also felled by an IED on December 18, 2010.
Cpl. Sherrer started his tour of duty in December and it was to end in July.
The Globe and Mail said that Brigadier-General Dean Milner, Canada's top soldier in Afghanistan, issued a statement expressing condolences on behalf of the military and quoted him as saying, “Canadians can be proud of the progress our soldiers have accomplished for the people of Kandahar province.”
The Toronto Sun reported that Gov. Gen. David Johnston also issued a statement saying, "Cpl. Scherrer answered the call to service and dedicated himself to the cause of peace, security and the rule of law in Afghanistan. He defended these principles with great courage and integrity, earning the respect of his fellow soldiers and bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to all Canadians. His sense of duty and devotion will not be forgotten. Canadians are united in sadness by the loss of Cpl. Scherrer."
Canada has lost 155 soldiers, one journalist, one diplomat and two aid workers in Afghanistan since 2002.
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