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Canada terrorist plot thwarted

Canadian police say they have thwarted a 'major' al-Qaeda-backed terrorist attack on passenger trains between Toronto and New York.

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Canadian police: There was no imminent threat to public

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.

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