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article imageCanadian families receive prank calls about military deaths

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 25, 2010 in Crime
Some Canadians with family members in the military have received prank calls from someone telling them their relatives in the forces have been killed in Afghanistan.
Lt. Dennis Noel of CFB Valcartier said a prankster called one soldier's wife late at night to say her husband had been killed on the battlefield.
“She received a prank call saying that her husband was killed in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device),” The Globe and Mail quoted him as saying.
“I think it's a bad joke to do to people who support us 100 per cent of the time.”
The wives of two other soldiers from Valcartier received similar phone calls, but have not made formal complaints.
"I can't tell you how deplorable and despicable an act this is,” CTV News quoted Defence Minister Peter MacKay as saying. “To put those families through that stress is just disgusting in every stretch of the word."
Mr. MacKay said the Canadian Forces will provide counselling for those upset by the prank.
Before soldiers are deployed the military provides information about how families are informed of serious injuries or death. Procedure calls for Canadian Forces personnel to visit a soldier's next of kin in person.
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