Canada defense boss caught in Afghan rocket attack

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OTTAWA, Nov 6 (Reuters) Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay had a narrow escape while visiting Afghanistan today as rocket landed near him, spokesman Jay Paxton said.

He was visiting a forward operating base near Kandahar, when the rocket landed close to him and lightly wounded four Canadian soldiers, who are in good condition.

Canada has 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.

CBC television said that within minutes of the attack a Black Hawk helicopter evacuated MacKay to safety at the Kandahar air base.

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