RCR Colonel killed in SVIED Attack Kabul May 18 2010

Canadian colonel among dead in Kabul bombing.

By Matthew Fisher, Canwest News ServiceMay 18, 2010

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A soldier killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul on Tuesday is the highest ranking Canadian to die in Afghanistan since Ottawa first committed troops in 2002.

Col. Jeff Parker of the Royal Canadian Regiment was traveling in a convoy of three SUVs with U.S. troops when a suicide bomber driving a mini-van with nearly a ton of explosives packed inside swerved into them. Five American soldiers also died in the attack that killed the 42-year-old infantry officer, who was on a "recce" visit to Kabul before taking up an assignment there.

Parker was from Oakville, Ont.

At least 12 Afghan civilians were also killed in the same suicide attack, which occurred a few hundred metres from Canada's old base on the outskirts of the city. The area, which Canadian troops left four years ago, when Ottawa switched its focus to Kandahar, is home to several Afghan army units and a U.S. training facility.

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