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imageCpl. Nicholas Beauchamp (pictured) and Pte. Michel Levesque were killed today and three other  Canadian soldiers were injuried as a result of roadside bomb near Kandahar city in Afghanistan.  The soldiers were involved in a “targeted security mission” when their lightly armoured vehicle drove over the IED which was probably planted by the Taliban who have been increasing the explosive power of their devices.

The deaths bring the total to 74 Canadians (73 soldiers and 1 diplomat) killed since 2002.  In a few days, their bodies will arrive in Trenton and make the solemn journey to Toronto along the section of Highway 401 named “The Highway Of Heroes”.  Only fitting, for heroes they are.