April 22nd, 2013
06:34 PM ET

Official: Thwarted plot targeted train to U.S.

Canadian authorities have arrested two men accused of planning to carry out an al Qaeda-supported attack against a passenger train traveling between Canada and the United States, a U.S. congressman told CNN on Monday.

"As I understand it, it was a train going from Canada to the U.S.," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, chairman of the counterterrorism and intelligence subcommittee, said.

The news follows an announcement earlier in the day by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that they had arrested Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35.

The two men are charged with "receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran" to carry out an attack and conspiring to murder people on a VIA railway train in the greater Toronto area, Assistant Police Commissioner James Malizia said.

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  1. saywhat

    Come off it now @Jeff.
    Our law enforcement has done the same many a times in sting ops.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    People complain when a plot is thwarted. People complain when it comes to fruition. This administration cannot win. It's a CANADIAN deal. Eye on the ball.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MacLean and MacLean

    What do you do on a rainy night in Toronto?

    April 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    I'm pretty safe in my corner of Canada. There's a private Islamic school a few blocks from my house. They wouldn't risk those students.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol @ Jeff, i just cant see fishing and expedition going together at all. But fishing sounds great!

    April 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Rightly said @ banasy.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @Bombo
    These Al-Qaeda or taliban thugs don't care who they kill. More muslims have lost their lives at their hands than any other.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @Bombo

    April 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    response blocked

    April 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    "Deep Thwart"

    April 22, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
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