Canada Responsible To Stop Citizens Committing Overseas Terrorism, Public Safety Minister Says

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By Tendar Tsering | March 28, 2013 8:51 PM EST

After the identity of two bodies found at the site of Algeria gas plant attack in January were confirmed as Canadians last week, Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews Wednesday said the federal government must prevent its citizens from travelling overseas to commit terrorism.

More than 80 people lost lives including at least 48 hostages when the Algerian government raided the gas plant seized by the Islamic rebels in the country January 16.

Following the raid, the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said that kidnappers were from countries like Egypt, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Tunisia and two nationalities from Canada.

Canada immediately sent a team of investigation to the site to confirm if its citizens were involved in the deadly attack.

Recently, the investigation team confirmed that two Canadians were found dead at the site but added it was unfair to decide whether the two were victims or culprits.

However, a section of media reported that the two were on the rebel's side and trained on Canadian soil.

According to the National Post, the Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews labelled home grown violent extremism as "one of the greatest threats" to the principles of democracy.

"There is a real concern that new and evolving conflicts in the world may lure youth to engage in violent extremist activities at home and abroad," the news paper quoted the minister as saying.

"Canada, like all nations, has a responsibility to guard against its citizens travelling to areas of turmoil and participating in terrorist acts. ... We must actively work to prevent individuals from being recruited overseas to learn a terrorist trade."

Canada is discussing to pass a controversial bill S-7 that would authorize its police to stop and arrest any odd behaving-suspects or potential terrorists from travelling to other countries.

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