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Men charged with al Qaeda terrorist plot against Canadian train

Published 22/04/2013

Canadian police say they have foiled a major plot against a passenger train
Canadian police say they have foiled a major plot against a passenger train

Two men have been arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said tonight that Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser were conspiring to carry out an al Qaeda supported attack against Via Rail, but posed no imminent threat.

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

"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.

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