Princess Pats soldier died from insurgent fire: report
Canwest News ServiceKilled in action was Master Corporal Josh Roberts, an infantryman in Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- An investigation into the death of a Canadian soldier killed during a grisly firefight in early August concluded Saturday he died as a result of insurgent fire.
Master Cpl. Joshua Brian Roberts was killed in the crossfire during a firefight between the coalition forces, a private security firm, and insurgents in the Zhari district of Kandahar province on Aug. 9, 2008.
Initial reports into his death raised questions around whether he died of injuries sustained at the hands of the security firm or by the insurgents.
"Based on physical evidence, witness interviews, and analysis by the military police investigators, the investigation concluded that his death was inflicted by the insurgents," Capt. Paule Poulin, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, said in a statement Saturday.
While security personnel from a private security firm, Compass Integrated Security Solutions, were present in the area at the time of the incident, they were not responsible for Cpl. Roberts' death, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service concluded.
Cpl. Roberts was an infantryman with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group based in Shilo, Man. He transferred to the regular forces in August 2006 after serving as a reservist with the North Saskatchewan Regiment for a decade.
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