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Canada: We Foiled 'al-Qaeda Supported' Terror Plot

Planned to target train route in Toronto
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2013 2:23 PM CDT
Updated Apr 22, 2013 3:42 PM CDT
Alleged Terror Plot Foiled in Canada
Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Canadian officials say they have foiled an alleged major terror plot supported by al-Qaeda, after arresting two men in Montreal and Toronto, CBC reports. Suspects Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, are alleged to have been targeting a Toronto-area train route, with "support and guidance" coming from al-Qaeda in Iran. "We are alleging that these two individuals took steps and conducted activities to initiate a terrorist attack," said a police spokesperson. Police believe the attack was still in its planning stages, and the public was not at risk, reports the National Post.

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The two men are not Canadian citizens, but police will not disclose where they're originally from. The suspects have been under surveillance for over a year, according to sources, and the operation was a collaboration between the FBI, the US Department of Homeland Security and Canadian law enforcement agencies. (Read more Canada stories.)

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