A Canadian soldier was killed Monday when a IED detonated during a routine security operation outside of Kandahar City in the Panjwa'i District.
Trooper Larry John Zuidema Rudd was killed in action about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City at approximately 12:30 p.m. Kandahar time.
Trooper Rudd was with the Royal Canadian Dragoons based in Petawawa, Ontario.
“All members of Task Force Kandahar are thinking of the family and friends of the fallen soldier during this difficult time. We will not forget this soldier's sacrifice as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar Province,” the department of defense said in a statement.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada released the following statement about the death of Trooper Rudd.
"It is always a terrible blow, and one that we never get used to. My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I were therefore deeply saddened to learn that the conflict in Afghanistan had claimed the life of Trooper Larry J. Rudd. While doing a routine security operation, he found death after an improvised explosive device detonated.
It is with the utmost respect that we honour his contributions and that of his fellow members of The Royal Canadian Dragoons, always ready to serve their country and give their all in response to the call of duty and for freedom.
Trooper Rudd was a valiant participant in the efforts of the Canadian Forces allied with forces from other NATO countries engaged in this challenging mission to restore peace and security to this devastated country whose people have been exposed to extreme violence for decades.
Our thoughts go out to his parents, loved ones, colleagues and friends who have suffered a terrible loss. We understand and we share in their grief.
On behalf of all Canadians, we offer them our heartfelt condolences and wish to assure them that we will never forget the courage and incredible generosity he demonstrated to the very end. "
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier:
"I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Trooper Larry John Zuidema Rudd of the Royal Canadian Dragoons who died while conducting operations in Afghanistan. Trooper Rudd was killed by an improvised explosive device during a routine security operation.
Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically elected Afghan government and as part of an UN-mandated, NATO-led mission. Canada's government continues to show international leadership, to help the Afghan nation achieve peace and stability in order to rebuild their country towards a safe future for its people.
This is a tragic loss for the Canadian Forces and all of Canada. Canadians will be forever grateful for Trooper Rudd's sacrifice. He will not be forgotten."