KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The military has identified the four Canadian soldiers killed in a blast that also killed a journalist.
They are Sgt. George Miok, 28, Cpl. Zachery McCormack, 21, both of Edmonton, Sgt. Kirk Taylor, 28, of Yarmouth, N.S., and Pte. Garrett Chidley, 21, of Cambridge, Ont.
The soldiers, along with Michelle Lang of the Calgary Herald, were killed by a powerful explosion Wednesday during a patrol in Kandahar city.
The deaths — the worst such incident in two-and-a-half years — bring to 138 the number of soldiers killed on the Afghan mission since 2002.
In a statement, Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard spoke of each soldier with pride, describing them as enthusiastic, passionate soldiers.
He also praised Lang for her sensitivity and ability to connect with people.