Canadian police and intelligence agencies have thwarted a plot to carry out an al-Qaeda-supported terrorist attack on a passenger train between Toronto and New York City, according to James Malizia, Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s assistant commissioner, in a press conference, CBC News reports.
Two suspects have been arrested and charged with terrorism-related offenses. They are expected to appear in court tomorrow.
The alleged plotters had been under surveillance for more than a year in Quebec and southern Ontario, "highly placed sources" told a CBC News reporter. The investigation was part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Law enforcement officials added that the terror suspects have no connection to the two brothers accused of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings, or the former London, Ontario, high school students who joined al-Qaeda and died earlier this year while helping to stage an attack on an Algerian gas refinery.