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. BOMBO

    Do people still take trains?

    April 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol @ BOMBO, as much as i see and hear the Amtrack train run by my house with many people on it i would have to say yes. And its on my bucket list to be on it one day!

    April 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    What i dont understand is why is Alquaeda targeting Toronto?

    April 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      bin Laden threatened a number of countries years ago. All of the countries on that list have been hit so far with attacks, except Canada.

      Sometimes it's nice to be left out.

      April 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Terror plots have been 'uncovered' & 'thwarted' a number of times by us also in what are called sting operations.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Warning: I am off topic for a brief moment
    @ saywhat, I came across an article today and wanted to discuss it with you.
    Not sure if you're on FB, but if you are, please look me up... banasy knows my last name
    Gn

    April 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    Didn't have shut down Toronto.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Regrets@Mary I'm not.Any other link?

    April 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    No bombs went off. Nobody tripping over each other to see who gets it.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    comments blocked.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    The perps ARE in custody with real charges.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    the 'iran connection' was also tried foolishly before also if you remember, folks.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    Nobody planning a fishing expedition in somebodys back yard boat.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    That 'hatched' plot against the saudi ambassador to US, remember?

    April 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    Obama and his Marxist regime will offer no praise to Canada for keeping the riff raff out.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    Goodbye.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
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