2 arrested in terror plot against Canadian passenger train

Apr 22 2013 - 5:05pm

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Assistant Commissioner James Maliza, officer in charge of Federal Policing Operations, center, is flanked by Chief Superintendent Gaetan Courchesne, Royal Canadian Mounted Police criminal operations officer in the province of Quebec, left, and Chief Superintendent Jennifer Strachan RCMP criminal operations officer in the province of Ontario at a press conference in Toronto on Monday, April 22, 2013 as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce the arrest of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Laporte walks with Mohammad Shaied Sheikh of the Masjid el Noor Mosque before attending a news conference in Toronto, Monday, April 22, 2013, as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce the arrest of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Representatives of Toronto's Islamic community attend a news conference in Toronto as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce the arrest of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target, in Toronto, Monday April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Assistant Commissioner James Maliza, officer in charge of Federal Policing Operations, center, is flanked by Chief Superintendent Gaetan Courchesne, Royal Canadian Mounted Police criminal operations officer in the province of Quebec, left, and Chief Superintendent Jennifer Strachan RCMP criminal operations officer in the province of Ontario at a press conference in Toronto on Monday, April 22, 2013 as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce the arrest of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Laporte walks with Mohammad Shaied Sheikh of the Masjid el Noor Mosque before attending a news conference in Toronto, Monday, April 22, 2013, as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce the arrest of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Representatives of Toronto's Islamic community attend a news conference in Toronto as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce the arrest of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target, in Toronto, Monday April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

TORONTO -- Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida, police said Monday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in Montreal and Toronto areas, were conspiring to carry out an attack against Via Rail, but posed no immediate threat.

"It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan told reporters.

Charges against the two men include conspiring to carry out an attack and murder people in association with a terrorist group. Police said the men are not Canadian citizens, but declined to say where they were from. Police said the men had "direction and guidance" from members of al-Qaida.

The investigation was part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

There is no connection between the Canadian terrorist plot and the Boston Marathon bombings, said a U.S. Justice Department official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because the source was not permitted to speak on the record about the matter.

 

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