Body of Colonel Parker returns to Canada today for repatriation ceremony

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CFB TRENTON, Ont. — The body of the highest ranking officer to die in Afghanistan returns to Canada today.

The plane carrying the body of Colonel Geoff Parker is due to arrive at CFB Trenton, Ontario this afternoon.

Governor General Michaelle Jean, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk along with  Parker’s family will be on the tarmac to meet the plane.

Parker was attached to the Royal Canadian Regiment and working at Land Force Central Area Headquarters in Toronto.

The 42-year-old native of Oakville, Ontario, died Tuesday when a suicide bomber carrying a tonne of explosives attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul.

The attack, the deadliest for NATO in Kabul in eight months, also killed five U.S. soldiers and 12 Afghan civilians.

Brigadier-General Andre Corbould, two other Canadian officers and a corporal were also in the five-vehicle convoy but were not injured.

Parker was the 145th member of the Canadian military to die in the eight-year-old Afghan mission.

Two civilians — diplomat Glyn Berry and journalist Michelle Lang — have also been killed.

Organizations: NATO, Royal Canadian Regiment

Geographic location: Canada, Ontario, Kabul Afghanistan Toronto Oakville U.S.

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