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A Canadian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, the 90th soldier to die since Canada's mission there began in 2002, the Canadian military says.

Master Cpl Erin Doyle died when militants attacked a post in the Panjwayi district in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.

He was the second Canadian to be killed in Afghanistan in the past three days.

Canada has 2,500 troops deployed in Afghanistan as part of Nato-led forces battling Taleban and other militants.

MCpl Doyle died when his combat outpost came under attack on Monday, Canadian military officials said.

Another soldier was seriously injured.

The Canadians returned fire and called in air support from the Kandahar air field.

Investigation

At the weekend, another Canadian soldier named as MCpl Josh Roberts died during a firefight in the Zhari district in Kandahar.

Canadian media reports said he may have been shot by members of a private security group operating in the same area.

The Canadian military has opened an investigation into his death, the AFP news agency reports.

Since 2002 when Canada began its mission in Afghanistan as part of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) 90 soldiers and a diplomat have died.

In March, Canada's parliament voted to extend the country's military mission in Afghanistan to 2011, dependent on its allies sending reinforcements.


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