Canadian’s Body Found At Algerian Gas Plant Attack Site Confirmed; Was He Victim Or Culprit?

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By Tendar Tsering | March 20, 2013 6:27 PM EST

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Monday confirmed that a Canadian's remains was found at the site of Algerian gas plant attack January, but the police department said that they have been unable to confirm if the Canadian citizen involved in the attack was a victim or culprit.

However, it is believed the body of the Canadian is linked to the fight between the Islamic rebels and Algerian military forces at the gas plant.

On January 16, Algerian forces raided the gas plant seized by the Islamic rebels linked to al-Qaeda and the seize was put to an end but more than 80 people lost lives in the fight including at least 48 hostages. At least 36 people who succumbed to the fight between the Algerian forces and Islamic rebels were reported to be foreigners from eight different countries.

Following the gas plant attack, the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said that the kidnappers at the site include two Canadian nationalities and people from Egypt, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Tunisia.

Canada has offered its air force support to the French mission in Mali in fight against the military rebels in the region.

The Canadian military aid consist of a Royal Canadian Air force C-17 and approximately 40 air force personnel.

Canada's military aid to the French mission was supposed to end March 15 but the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in recent days extended the support to an indefinite deadline saying Canadian military aid C-17 will be in Mali as long as it is needed.

Meanwhile, the French government in recent time has expressed its interest to hand over the mission to the UN security forces.

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