'Major terrorist' plot broken up by Canadian and U.S. authorities
Canadian authorities have broken up what is being described as a "major terrorist attack" that may have included targets there and in New York, Fox News has confirmed.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have arrested two men, 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier and 35-year-old Raed Jaser, and charged them with 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.
The two men are accused of conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA Rail passenger train. The plot is unrelated to the Boston Marathon attack, sources said. An official says there is no current credible threat to New York City.
The operation was coordinated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.
RCMP said in a statement the investigation was coordinated by a multi-agency team comprised of the RCMP, Canadian Security Intelligence Services, the Canada Border Service Agency and other law enforcement and national security partners in Montreal and Toronto, Canada's two largest cities.
As a result of extensive collaborative efforts, the RCMP was able to disrupt the threat early. While the RCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, officials said there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure.
"It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan told reporters.