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Terror plot to derail Canadian train foiled
"It was a real threat, not an imminent threat, but something very serious."
Canadian officials announced they've broken up what's described as a 'major terrorist plot' to derail a passenger train.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the plot, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser. Both are not Canadian citizens. Officials could not comment on where the suspects were from and how long they were in Canada. They will both face 'related terrorism offenses.'
Officials say the suspects were receiving support from Al Qaeda in Iran 'in the form of direction and guidance,' to derail a passenger train that, if successful, would have resulted in hundreds of deaths.
Investigators say during the months-long investigation, both men were observed watching trains and were planning to attack a VIA passenger train.
At this time, officials were not able to give details on how the men were planning to carry out the attack or give a specific location they were targeting. They did say a specific route, not a specific train, was the intended target.
The investigation was part of a cross-border operation involving
Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of
Officials say this foiled attack is unrelated to the Boston bombings.