Canadian Police Thwart ‘al Qaeda-Supported’ Terror Plot

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested two men Monday afternoon in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a rail line connecting Canada and the United States.

The suspects, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, have been accused of conspiring to murder people aboard a VIA train traveling from Toronto to New York City. According to the RCMP, the public was never in any ‘imminent danger’ despite the fact that the suspects had developed the ability to carry out an attack. CNN reports that the suspects have been under surveillance for at least a year.

Assistant Commissioner James Malizia stated that the foiled conspiracy was an ‘al Qaeda-supported’ plot. Though the arrests were made in the Toronto and Montreal areas respectively, some sources have reported that charges could possibly be filed in federal court in New York. RCMP also issued several search warrants at locations near both Toronto and Montreal following the arrests. Officials have insisted that the plot has no connection to last week’s terror attacks in Boston, but the story has rattled both Canadians and Americans who have terrorism on the forefront of their consciousness.