Thursday 31 December 2009

Canadian journalist killed in Afghanistan blast

A Calgary Herald journalist became the first Canadian reporter to die in Afghanistan when she was killed on Wednesday along with four Canadian soldiers by an improvised explosive device, The Canadian Press reports.
It says journalists identified the reporter killed as Michelle Lang, 34, a health reporter with the Calgary Herald. She was in the back of an armoured vehicle at the time.
The huge blast occurred during a routine patrol in Kandahar's District 2 abutting the Dand district, where Canada has established a "model village."
Lang was on her first assignment in Afghanistan for Canwest News Service and had arrived in the country about two weeks ago. She won a National Newspaper Award last year for coverage of health and medical issues for the Calgary Herald.
It was her first patrol "outside the wire" as an embedded journalist.

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