Canadian Police Arrest two Men Suspected of Plotting to Derail Toronto-Area Passenger Train

Created: 2013-04-23 10:06 EST

Category: World > North America

Canadian police announced on Monday they had arrested and charged two men with plotting to derail a Toronto-area passenger train in an operation that, according to police, was backed by al Qaeda elements in Iran.

Neither of the two men is a Canadian citizen, and police did not reveal their nationalities. Two sources following the investigation said one of the two is Tunisian.

Police gave little detail about the alleged plotters, but said a tip from the Muslim community had helped their year-long investigation.

A bail hearing for the two will take place in Toronto on Tuesday morning.

U.S. officials said the attack would have targeted a rail line between New York and Toronto, a route that travels along the Hudson Valley into New York wine country and enters Canada near Niagara Falls.

Canadian police said only that the plot involved a VIA train route in the Toronto area.