From: Mississauga, Ont.
Incident: Roadside bomb improvised explosive device.
Unit: Royal Canadian Dragoons
Date of Incident: March 8, 2009
One Canadian soldier died and four were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their armoured vehicle on patrol northeast of Kandahar city.
The soldiers were conducting security operations in the mountainous region of Sha Wali Kot district — a known entry point for Taliban fighters — when the explosion occurred.
Trooper Marc Diab, 22, from the Royal Canadian Dragoons was killed in the attack. He was serving as a member of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group based in Petawawa, Ont., the military said.
“On behalf of all members of Task Force Kandahar, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Diab,” said Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, commander of Canadian troops in Kandahar. “We will stand with you in your grief, and we will help you through the difficult days ahead.”
In a release, Prime Minister Stephen Harper extended his condolences to Diab’s family and friends and hoped for a speedy recovery for the wounded soldiers.
“Trooper Marc Diab paid the ultimate price serving his country,” Harper said. “His life and death serves as an example of the bravery and outstanding dedication of Canadian Forces members on this mission.”
On Sunday, Vance described Diab as an energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated soldier who loved to joke around and make people laugh. He was extremely close to his mother Jihan and girlfriend Mary, whom he was coming home to marry, he said.
“He never stopped giving,” Vance said. “He brought joy and laughter to his friends and was deeply involved and committed to his church and youth group activities so much so that a rosary was found inside the helmet he wore that was recovered after the roadside blast that took his life.
He was an avid soccer player who loved sports and outdoor activities and often spoke about how much he enjoyed taking his jeep and going cross-country driving, he said.
“His friends and comrades describe him as having a large heart for such a small guy,” Vance said. “He would give you the world if he had it.” (taken from CBC news)