The soldiers were responding to reports of people planting a suspicious object.
The Canadian military said Saturday that primary next-of-kin have been notified, but the soldiers will not be identified until extended family members have been contacted.
The news came as 1,000 mourners paid tribute to Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren in a Peterborough, Ont., drill hall. He was one of three soldiers killed in a roadside blast on Dec. 5, bringing Canada's troop death toll to the grim milestone of 100.
With the latest attack, that toll has now risen to 103. A Canadian diplomat has also been killed.
Saturday's deaths occurred near the location of the Dec. 5 attack, on the border between the Arghandab and Zhari districts, and near the village of Senjaray.
"It's the same type of attack, an IED, in almost exactly the same place," Globe and Mail reporter Graeme Smith told CTV Newsnet on
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