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.
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."