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Two men face a bail hearing today after their arrest on charges of plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al Qaida elements in Iran.
Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, had "direction and guidance" from al Qaida members in Iran, though there was no reason to think the planned attacks were state-sponsored, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said.
The Royal Canadian Mountain Police has charged two men over an plot to "carry out a terrorist attack" against a passenger train in the greater Toronto area.
Police said the two men - who have been named as Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser - were not Canadian citizens and had been receiving direction and guidance from al Qaeda-linked elements in Iran.
"While the RCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, there was no imminent threat to the general public,rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure", the police said.
Canadian police have given a news conference about a foiled terrorist attack against a passenger train on which has led to two people being arrested and charged.
The Royal Canadian Mountain Police named the two accused as Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, from the Montreal and Toronto areas respectively.
It followed an "extensive and complex" criminal investigation called Project Smooth that began in August 2012 which found that they were conspiring to carry out an al-Qaeda supported attack.
Authorities have thwarted a plot in Canada to attack a railroad that carries a daily Amtrak passenger train between Toronto and New York City, US law enforcement and national security sources told Reuters.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earlier reported that Canadian police and intelligence agencies will announce multiple arrests on Monday evening after an operation to thwart a "major terrorist attack."
Authorities thwarted a terror plot in Canada to attack a railroad between Toronto and New York City, US law enforcement and National Security sources have told Reuters.