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Algerian gas plant attack involved two Canadians: Queen's University expert

2013-01-25

Queen’s University national security expert Christian Leuprecht is available to talk about reports that at least two terrorists who attacked a gas plant in Algeria were Canadian.

Dr. Leuprecht says it’s still too early and many questions need to be answered before we can fully understand the national security implications of having two Canadian involved in a major terrorist attack.

“It’s tough to draw national security conclusions from this story until we know more details. The identities of the attackers could be fake – some organizations have used fake Canadian passports in the past. If they are Canadians, it’s important to know if they were a Canadian resident, a naturalized Canadian, or just someone who happens to have Canadian citizenship by virtue of birth but doesn’t actually have any connections to Canada,” says Dr. Leuprecht, a fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University.

Please note that Dr. Leuprecht likes to be identified in the media as a national security expert from both Queen’s University and Royal Military College.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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