OTTAWA - Two Canadian Forces soldiers are facing manslaughter charges in the death of a comrade in Afghanistan.
Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker of Edmonton was 24 years old when he was killed near Kandahar City, Afghanistan, in an Feb. 12. 2010, incident on a training range in which four other soldiers were injured.
Military officials said at the time that Baker died during the course of "a routine military exercise."
Now, after an investigation by Canadian Forces Military Police, the officer in charge of the training exercise and the range safety officer have each been charged with manslaughter and several other offences.
Charged are Maj. Darryl Watts, who serves with a reserve unit, the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, and Warrant Officer Paul Ravensdale, now with a unit based in Winnipeg but, at the time of the incident was serving with the Second Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Man.
In a statement, the Department of National Defence said investigators allege that the proper safety procedures were not followed during the training exercise.
The case will now proceed through the military justice system.