Television news channels across Canada have been extensively covering a terror plot that was thwarted by counter-terrorist police and intelligence agencies.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have revealed that two men were arrested in conjunction with the terrorist attack attempt, which involved attacking a Via Rail train that was reportedly going to travel from Toronto to New York City.
The two men have been identified as 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier of Montreal and 34-year-old Raed Jaser of Toronto. Their names were released during a RCMP news conference that aired live on domestic news channels.
The attack is being called "an al-Qaeda supported" plot and was likely hatched in Iran, assistant RCMP commissioner James Malizia said. It is not connected with the Boston Marathon bombing.
“While the RCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure,” the RCMP said in a statement Monday.
“Each and every terrorist arrest the RCMP makes sends a message and illustrates our strong resolve to root out terrorist threats and keep Canadians and our allies safe,” added Malizia.
CTV coverage of the incident can be found on this website.