Two people have been arrested in connection with a plot to derail a passenger train in Canada that was supported by al-Qaeda elements in Iran, police said.
Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, were allegedly planning to carry out an attack on a Via Rail passenger train in the Toronto area, an official told reporters.
The pair are expected to appear in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack and conspiring in association with a terrorist group to murder individuals.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told a news conference the suspects “were receiving support from al-Qaeda elements located in Iran” but added “there’s no indication that these attacks were state-sponsored.”
The duo received “direction and guidance” from al-Qaeda, officials said.