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2 more Canadian Soldiers Killed

KANDAHAR -- Two more soldiers from the Quebec-based Van Doos regiment were killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in southern Afghanistan yesterday only hours after the body of a fellow soldier from the Royal 22nd Regiment arrived back in Canada.

An Afghan interpreter was also killed in the blast west of Kandahar and two Canadian journalists and another soldier were hurt.

One of the dead soldiers was identified by the Defence Department as Master Cpl. Christian Duchesne of the 5th Field Ambulance unit, based in Valcartier, Que.

The second soldier was identified Thursday as Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier of the Royal 22nd Regiment, also based in Valcartier.

The VanDoos are one of the longest standing and honourable regiments in Canada with a great history of bravery.

R.I.P. brothers.
RIP lads, stand down and go for that cool beer. Thank you for your efforts.

Thoughts, as always with family and friends at this sad time.
RIP Gentlemen.
A sad loss for a fine regiment amongst fine regiments.
(For any of my fellow Brits on here who don't know, Van Doos is not their regimental title it is a nickname. They are a French Canadian regiment with a distinuished combat history and Van Doos is a corruption of their regimental number 22 or vingt deux (Sic?) in french).

Stand down brothers.