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Canadian soldier fatally shot in live-fire training incident

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Illustration: Canadian Armed Forces file photo of soldiers during an exercise at CFB Wainwright

A Canadian Army soldier has died from a gunshot wound sustained during a live-fire exercise at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright, Alberta.

The Canadian Armed Forces said the incident occurred in the CFB Wainwright training area at approximately 10 p.m., local time, on October 30.

According to the armed forces, the soldier was immediately treated at the scene and evacuated to a nearby hospital in Wainwright, Alberta. The soldier was then transported by air to a hospital in Edmonton, Alta., where they succumbed to the injury in the morning hours of October 31.

The statement said the identity of the deceased was being withheld at this time.

The live fire training that was underway at the time of the incident has been suspended and an investigation is now underway.

“Tragically, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces lost their life during a training exercise in Wainwright, Alberta. Our hearts go out to their loved ones and Canadian Forces colleagues. Know that we are mourning with you and are here to support you during this difficult time,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in response to the accident.