Canadian flag and the UN flag is shown on the sleeve of a Canadian soldier's uniform before boarding a plane at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on July 5, 2018. A military plane carrying Canadian troops to Latvia was forced to turn around because of concerns those on board might have been exposed to COVID-19. Defence Department spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande says the Polaris aircraft carrying about 70 military members and aircrew took off from Canadian Forces Base Trenton on July 2 those on board had spent two weeks in quarantine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Soldier dies during training exercise at CFB Wainwright: defence department

A Canadian soldier died Saturday after being shot during a training exercise at a military base in Alberta.

The soldier suffered a gunshot wound late Friday night while taking part in live fire training at CFB Wainwright, the Department of National Defence said in a statement.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of our fallen soldier,” the statement reads. “The Canadian Armed Forces will be there to support the family during this difficult time.”

The soldier was treated for injuries at the scene shortly after the 10 p.m. incident occurred, the department said. The soldier was eventually airlifted to an Edmonton hospital but died on Saturday morning, the statement added.

The department offered no other details about the circumstances that led to the incident.

The soldier’s identity will not be released until next of kin can be notified.

“On behalf of all ranks of the CAF, I offer my condolences to the family and friends of our fallen soldier,” said Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, in a tweet.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan also tweeted his condolences Saturday.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian Armed Forces’ member who we tragically lost in a training accident in Wainwright, Alberta,” he wrote. “We will be there to support the family during this difficult time. The Canadian Forces have started a thorough investigation.”

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