Canadian Army investigating mysterious deaths of 3 soldiers



The military is investigating after three Canadian soldiers died in the past week under mysterious circumstances.

"The loss of a soldier, in any circumstance, is tragic and we mourn with the family and friends of the deceased while the Canadian Army endeavours to support them in their loss," Lt.-Gen. Marquis Hainse said Thursday in a statement.

The three deceased have not officially been identified, but MP Jim Karygiannis, the Liberal veterans affairs critic,tweeted his condolences Thursday to the families of Master Cpl. William Elliott and Master Bombardier Travis Halmrast, both of whom were said to have served at CFB Shilo in Manitoba.

Karygiannis also suggested they may have taken their own lives.

The third man is said to be from CFB Petawawa, northwest of Ottawa.

"The Canadian Army cares deeply for each and every member. It goes without saying that we take every death seriously and, as such, we will explore all facets of these situations to try and learn from them and reduce future occurrences," Hainse said.

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