07:24 GMT05 December 2020
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    A member of the Canadian Armed Forces lost his life during a training exercise at CFB Wainwright late Friday at the base in Wainwright, Alberta, according to the Department of National Defence. The department has not yet confirmed either the identity or the age of the soldier, as they first seek to confirm the wishes of the deceased's family.

    The soldier was shot during an exercise at approximately 10 pm at the base in Wainwright, Alberta, which is about 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, the department said in the statement on Saturday. He was transported to a nearby hospital in Wainwright and then flown to a hospital in Edmonton, where he died on Saturday early morning.

    Live-fire exercises in which the soldier participated have been suspended and an investigation is underway.

    General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, said on Twitter that the soldier's name will be revealed after notifying the family members. He expressed his condolences to family and friends, as well as to the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the Royal Westminster Regiment.

    ​Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the family on Twitter on Saturday. 

    Alberta ​Premier Jason Kenney also extended his sympathies to the family.

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