RCMP arrest two in alleged plot to derail VIA Rail train
Canadian security officials say they have thwarted a terrorism plot and arrested two suspects in Ontario and Quebec.
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RCMP lead a man off an airplane at Buttonville Airport on Monday (left), after announcing arrests after thwarting a “major terrorist attack.” Raed Jaser of Toronto and Chiheb Esseghair (pictured, right) of Montreal faces terrorism-related charges for allegedly conspiring to carry out an “Al Qaeda-supported attack.”
Two terrorism suspects charged with plotting to derail a VIA passenger train travelling between Toronto and New York, in what police are calling a “Al Qaeda-sponsored” attack with alleged ties to Iran, will appear in court Tuesday morning.
Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto, and 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier, from Montreal, both face five charges including a conspiring with a terrorist group, although the RCMP said the public did not face “imminent” danger.
The Tunisian-born Esseghaier is an engineer with a master’s degree in industrial biotechnology from Tunis, according to an online blog that was deleted shortly after his arrest was announced. He studied at Quebec’s Université de Sherbrooke from 2008-2009 and is currently listed as a doctoral student at the Institute National de la Recherche Scientifique, near Montreal.