Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang killed in Afghanistan

Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang, seen in this 2005 file photo, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan Dec. 30, 2009, while covering the war for the Canwest News Service. Four Canadian soldiers also died in the blast.

I write with deep sadness that Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang and four Canadian soldiers were killed in a bomb blast Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Reports from Calgary Herald, CBC (with video), G&M, CTV (with video).

An excerpt from Calgary Herald,

Award-winning Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan while reporting on the Canadian mission in the southern regions of the war-torn country.

Four Canadian soldiers also died in the blast, while a Canadian civilian was injured, the Department of National Defence said late Wednesday.

Lang, 34, was on patrol with a Canadian convoy of soldiers in the Kandahar area when the military vehicle they were travelling in struck a roadside bomb.

She is the first Canadian journalist to die in the Afghan war since Canada joined the international mission in 2002, and is believed to be the first Herald reporter ever killed on the job in the paper’s 126-year history.

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