Radio-Canada Team Hit By Attack In Afghanistan

August 22, 2007, Montreal

The Canadian army informed Radio-Canada management that the armoured vehicle in which our correspondent Patrice Roy and his camera operator–editor Charles Dubois were travelling was heavily damaged after hitting a roadside bomb west of Kandahar. We were told that Charles Dubois had sustained a severe leg injury, while Patrice Roy was unharmed but is suffering from nervous shock. Two Canadian soldiers and an interpreter died in the attack.

Charles Dubois was evacuated to a military hospital where he was treated as a Canadian soldier injured in combat. His injuries are very serious but not life-threatening.

Radio-Canada has done everything in its power to assist the families and colleagues of our two journalists. "Today, our thoughts go out to the families of the victims and the loved ones of our professionals who were directly affected by these tragic events. We are fully aware of the dangers involved in our Afghanistan coverage, but also of its critical importance for Canadians, and we are determined to continue it," said Alain Saulnier, General Manager of Information. "However, we would like to reassure our staff and the public that, in cooperation with the Canadian army, Radio-Canada takes every precaution to protect the safety of its teams in war zones."

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