Journalist, 4 Canadian Troops Killed in Afghan Blast

Roadside bomb claims life of award-winning reporter Michelle Lang
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 5:28 AM CST
Journalist, 4 Canadian Troops Killed in Afghan Blast
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 picture, Calgary-based reporter Michelle Lang, 34, tries on her fragmentation vest and helmet at Kandahar Airfield.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Colin Perkel)

(Newser) – An award-winning Calgary Herald journalist was among five Canadians killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan yesterday. Michelle Lang, 34, was embedded with troops on a security patrol when their vehicle was hit in the Kandahar area. She had arrived in the country 2 weeks earlier on an assignment to report on Canada's NATO mission; it was the first trip to Afghanistan for Lang, who was the Herald's health reporter.

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"We are all devastated by the loss of Michelle and our thoughts right now are with her family and her fiance," said Scott Anderson, editor-in-chief of Canwest News Service. "Journalists need to—and do—put themselves at risk every day to report first-hand on important stories like Afghanistan. But that doesn't make this any easier." (Read more Calgary stories.)

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