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Canada terror plot tied to al-Qaeda

23 April 2013, 07:16

Ottawa - Two people have been arrested in connection with an al-Qaeda supported plot to derail a passenger train in Canada, police said on Monday.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, were allegedly planning to carry out an attack on a Via Rail passenger train in the Toronto area, an official told reporters.

The pair are expected to appear in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack and conspiring in association with a terrorist group to murder individuals.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told a news conference the suspects "were receiving support from al-Qaeda elements located in Iran" but added "there's no indication that these attacks were state-sponsored".

The duo received "direction and guidance" from al-Qaeda, officials said.



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