Oakville-born colonel killed in Kabul bombing

Col. Geoff Parker, 42, born and raised in Oakville, Ont., was among at least 18 people killed when a Taliban suicide car bomb targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, May 18, 2010.

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN – Canada suffered its highest-ranking casualty of the war in Afghanistan in Tuesday’s massive morning suicide attack in Kabul, the military has confirmed.

Col. Geoff Parker, 42, born and raised in Oakville, Ont., was among at least 18 people killed, including five U.S. soldiers, when a Taliban suicide car bomb targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul during the morning rush-hour.

Another 47 others were injured, many of them Afghan civilians on a public bus, as the powerful blast erupted on the Darulaman Road, a major thoroughfare. Rescue teams sifted through nearly 20 wrecked vehicles in search of survivors.

The vast majority of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan are deployed in Kandahar, but a small contingent is based in Kabul in a variety of capacities supporting the NATO mission.

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