Korean Canadian With Suspected Terrorist Ties Released from Prison

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The Korean Canadian man arrested and jailed in Mauritania for alleged ties to al Qaeda has been released and will now be deported from the North African nation, the Toronto Star reports.

Aaron Yoon, 24, was convicted of plotting and taking part in terrorist activities. Yoon was further implicated after the January 2012 Algerian gas plant attack — a month after his arrest — when his two companions and close high school friends, Ali Medlej and Xristos Katsiroubas, were found among the dead assailants. Yoon had left his home in London, Ontario, Canada in 2011 with the intent to travel the Middle East and North Africa to learn Arabic and study the Koran with Medlej and Katsiroubas.

The gas plant attack gained international notoriety because it resulted in the deaths of 37 people, including hostages from the United States, France, Ireland and Japan. Read more here.