- A female soldier from Canada was killed while fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Wednesday, military officials said. Capt. Nichola Goddard, 26, had been serving in Afghanistan with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Shilo, Man.
She is the first Canadian woman to be killed in action since the Second World War, and the first female combat soldier killed on the front lines.
- In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged Goddard's contribution.
"Capt. Goddard died while helping to bring peace, stability and democracy to a troubled region of the world. She, and the other men and women who serve in Afghanistan, are involved in a difficult and dangerous mission."
Manitoba Premier Gary Doer said the province will fly its flag at half-mast in Goddard's honour.
"I just want to say, on behalf of the people of Manitoba, we respect her life of bravery and honour on behalf of Canada, and we offer our condolences to the family and to the community of Shilo," he said.