Canada Stops Al Qaeda Transit Attack

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(Toronto, Canada) The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has arrested two men they say planned to attack ‘transport link’ for Al Qaeda.

There is no sign of a connection to the Boston attack.

The two accused are Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser. They have been charged with conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack and “conspiring to murder persons unknownn for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.”

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says it, “thwarted a plot to carry out a major terrorist attack, arresting suspects in Ontario and Quebec.”

An official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police tells CNN that the plot intended to target “transport links,” but would not provide further details.

The CBC, which is a CNN affiliate, quoted “highly placed sources” as saying the suspects were under surveillance for more than a year.

The CBC reported that the investigation was “part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”