NBC News: Canada Thwarts Plot to Blow Up U.S.-Canada Rail Line

NBC News: Canada Thwarts Plot to Blow Up U.S.-Canada Rail Line

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM CDT

(NBC News) Canadian security forces say they have thwarted an al-Qaeda-backed plot to blow up a rail line between Canada and the United States, and officials announced two arrests on Monday afternoon.

According to the NBC News report:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers said the suspects had sought to attack a passenger train. The suspects may have scouted trains departing from New York, sources told NBC News.

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

The two accused, Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto, were conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a "VIA Rail Canada" passenger train. VIA runs trains in partnership with Amtrak.

The men were receiving support from al-Qaeda elements in Iran, according to officials.

 

 

Read the NBC News report HERE.