War in Afghanistan
Village leaders from the Pashmul plain in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, the Taliban's heartland, at a shura to discuss NATO plans to deliver aid at a meeting with a provincial reconstruction team (PRT). The following day the PRT, accompanied by soldiers from Canada's Royal 22e Régiment (also known as the Van Doos) and soldiers from the Afghan national army , set out on foot to assess the need for aid. Overnight, troops at the forward operating base from which the mission set out reported killing a Taliban fighter laying a landmine in a nearby wadi. The team decided to take a different, but parallel, route. About 20 minutes into the mission a landmine exploded, blowing off Private Frederic Couture's left foot. Couture, a fitness enthusiast, was so distressed he attempted to shoot himself at the scene, and had to be disarmed by his lieutenant. He shot and killed himself a year later at his home in Roxton Pond, Quebec, apparently unable to live with his injuries.
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