Police arrest 2 in Canada terror plot

Royal Canadian Mounted Police say men were planning to carry out al-Qaida supported attack

Published On: Apr 22 2013 03:57:24 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2013 04:12:36 PM EDT
TORONTO -

Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train, police said Monday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in Montreal and Toronto areas, were conspiring to carry out an al-Qaida supported attack against Via Rail, but posed no immediate threat.

"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.

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