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Canada struggles to understand how middle-class boys became jihadists

Published on Apr 6, 2013 9:46 AM

MONTREAL (AFP) - Shocked to learn that two of their own attacked a desert gas plant in Algeria, Canadians are struggling to understand how young men from a quiet, middle-class neighborhood ended up as jihadists.

It was announced by Algerian officials almost immediately after the days-long siege of the In Amenas plant by the Algerian army in January that the pair were among the dead.

One intelligence source said they were Arabs with dual citizenship and were among the 29 Islamists killed in the bloodbath, alongside 38 hostages.

But it was only this week when Canadian media revealed that they were actually former schoolmates who grew up in sleepy London, Ontario that the public's interest was piqued.

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