Two of the dead Islamists from Canada were found in the smouldering remains of a compound at the BP gas plant.

One security source today confirmed that the Canadians are suspected of having travelled to Libya, where they joined extremists waging Jihad against the west.

The men’s badly charred corpses were found close to their victims, many of whom had been forced to wear Semtex explosive belts before being killed.

The source said Canadian passports were found on the terrorists at the In Amanas facility, in the deep Sahara some 1,000 miles from Algiers, the capital of Algeria.