Four Canadian soldiers, along with Calgary Herald journalist Michelle Lang, were killed in an IED attack in Kandahar on Wednesday. The recently-engaged Lang, 34, was nearly three weeks into a six-week stay in Afghanistan when she was killed while traveling with a provincial reconstruction team. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s fiance Michael and her beloved parents,” said Dennis Skulsky, the president and CEO of Canwest Publishing. “Michelle, along with being an award winning journalist was also much beloved by her colleagues at the Calgary Herald, Canwest News Service and across our organization. This loss is immeasurable.” Eight American civilians also died in Afghanistan on Wednesday after a separate attack on a U.S. military base near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. Canadian military authorities have yet to release the names of the Canadian soldiers who died along with Lang. Their deaths bring the total number of Canadians killed in Afghanistan to 138.