Canadian soldier dies in IED attack in Afghanistan: reports

Private Kevin Thomas McKay was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated in southern Afghanistan on May 13, 2010.

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN—News reports say another Canadian soldier has been killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan.

Private Kevin McKay, of the Edmonton based Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, reportedly died in an IED blast near the town of Nakhonay, near Kandahar.

The reports did not list his age or hometown.

Defence Department spokesperson Christine Callahan would only say that the department was aware of an incident in Afghanistan and was gathering information.

If confirmed, McKay would be the 144th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan since the military mission began 2002.

His death comes as hundreds of people prepare to gather in Halifax to remember the first Canadian sailor to be killed in the Afghanistan conflict. A memorial service will be held for 37-year-old Petty Officer (second class) Craig Blake, who was killed by an IED on May 3.

More to come.

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