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Second Canadian Was Among Algeria Terrorists

Wall Street Journal
Sunday, March 24, 2013

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Canadian police said Saturday that they had identified a second Canadian among the suspected hostage takers behind January's attack on the Amenas natural gas plant in Algeria.

Algerian authorities and eye witnesses to the deadly four-day siege, that began Jan. 16, had said that at least one of the hostage takers was described by other hostage takers as Canadian.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed this month that one of the suspected terrorists was Canadian.

"This evening, the RCMP is confirming a second Canadian has been identified from human remains of alleged terrorists in the attack at the gas plant," a spokesman said in an emailed statement. "Our investigation into this matter continues and no further information will be given at this time."

The alleged Canadian hostage takers had been part of a diverse group that included Algerians, Egyptians, Tunisians, Mauritanians, Libyans, as well as members from Niger and Mali, according to Algerian officials. The identification of a second body will embarrass the Canadian government, given a number of recent terror attacks with a Canadian link.

In February, Canada confirmed that it and Bulgarian authorities are seeking a Canadian dual citizen for alleged participation in a deadly July bomb attack on Israeli tourists that Bulgaria has blamed on Shiite group Hezbollah.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service said last November that it is investigating about 50 Canadians who have traveled or attempted to travel to countries including Somalia, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen to engage in terrorism.

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