Newfoundland soldier Cpl. Brian Pinksen dies from wounds suffered in Afghanistan

The Canadian Press ~ The News
Published on August 30, 2010
Newfoundland soldier Cpl. Brian Pinksen died today from wounds suffered Aug. 22 in Afghanistan. — Department of National Defence photo

Another Canadian soldier has died from wounds suffered in Afghanistan. Cpl. Brian Pinksen, a member of 2nd Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, based in Corner Brook, N.L., was wounded by an IED while on patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar on Aug. 22.

Pinksen was treated and flown to a military hospital in Germany, where he died earlier today from his wounds.

It’s the first Canadian death related to the mission in Afghanistan since July 20, when Sapper Brian Collier was killed by an IED while on a foot patrol near near Nakhonay, about 15 kilometres west of Kandahar city.

The latest death brings to 152 the total number of Canadian soldiers who have died as part of the Afghan mission since it began in 2002.

In total, 471 international troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, according to the independent website icasualties.org.