Canada Arrests 2 In Plot To Blow Up US-Canada Rail Line

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Canada Arrests 2 In Plot To Blow Up US-Canada Rail Line

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT

CANADA (www.nbc33.com) -- Canadian security forces say they have thwarted a plot to blow up a rail line between Canada and the United States and officials announced two arrests on Monday afternoon.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers said the suspects, who are alleged to have al-Qaeda connections, had sought to attack a passenger train.

Canadian officials worked closely with the FBI throughout the investigation, which began last year.

The two accused, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in the Montreal and Toronto area were conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a "VIA Rain Canada" passenger train.

Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack against, and conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group, officials said.

Security officials say the men "had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts," but "there was no imminent threat to the public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure."

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