Canadians Involved In Algeria Gas Plant Attack Site Indentified As Two School Friends

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By Tendar Tsering | April 2, 2013 8:31 PM EST

Canadians involved in an Algerian gas plant attack early this year were finally identified as two former high school friends who were both in early twenties.

The two men allegedly linked to al-Qaeda terrorist group were identified as Xristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej, both said to be less than 24 years old, according to the CBC News.

Both were believed to be from a middle-class family in the southwestern city of Antario, London.

Along with 30 other  al-Qaeda linked militants, the duo kept hostages at the gas plant in Algeria January and the two died when Algerian forces raided on the group in an effort to save the hostages including foreigners.

At least thirty people died in the attack including foreigners from eight different countries including Japan and the U.K.

After confirming the two involved in the attack as Canadians, Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) last month said it was not clear whether the two died were victims or culprits.

Speaking to the media, Security Policy Expert and Profesor at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, Anthony Seaboyer questioned about the motives of the militant attackers and where the group were trained.

"It's really not good for our reputation around the world and not what we want to see," said Anthony Seaboyer.

"Who did they work for? Where did they train?" asked the security expert, according to the CTV News.

The fight against the militant rebels in Algerian area and its neighborhood is still going on more than two months after the incident.

Canadian government has extended a Royal Canadian Air Force C-17 and around 40 Air Force personnel at the request of French government for its mission in Mali.

Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister last month declared to continue the military support as long as terrorism-activity continues in the region.

The government has so far yet to disclose more details about the two Canadians involved in the Algeria gas plant attack.

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