Canadian soldier killed by blast in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Another Canadian soldier has been killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan.

Private Kevin Thomas McKay from the 1st Battalion

Private Kevin Thomas McKay from the 1st Battalion

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Another Canadian soldier has been killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan.

Private Kevin McKay from the Edmonton-based 1st Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry died in an IED blast about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.

The Canadian military said in a statement that the blast happened Thursday at 8 p.m. local time. They did not provide McKay’s age or hometown.

McKay is 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.