al-Qaida-linked plot on Canadian soil

The RCMP have arrested two men, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, and charged them with plotting to carry out a terrorist attack. The alleged plot was to target Via Rail and Amtrak trains on the Toronto to New York route.

Canada Thwarts Al Qaeda Terror Plot Against Passenger Trains

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 22: A VIA Rail train leaves Union Station, the heart of VIA Rail travel, bound for Windsor on April 22, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report they have arrested two people connected to an alleged Al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb on a VIA Rail train in Canada. (Photo by Ian Willms/Getty Images)

Canada Thwarts Al Qaeda Terror Plot Against Passenger Trains

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 22: A commuter walks through Union Station, the heart of VIA Rail travel, on April 22, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report they have arrested two people connected to an alleged Al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb on a VIA Rail train in Canada. (Photo by Ian Willms/Getty Images)

An artist's sketch shows Esseghaier making first court appearance, in Montreal

An artist's sketch shows Chiheb Esseghaier making his first court appearance, in Montreal, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Atalante

Canada Thwarts Al Qaeda Terror Plot Against Passenger Trains

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 22: A VIA Rail train leaves Union Station, the heart of VIA Rail travel, bound for Windsor on April 22, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report they have arrested two people connected to an alleged Al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb on a VIA Rail train in Canada. (Photo by Ian Willms/Getty Images)

Canada Thwarts Al Qaeda Terror Plot Against Passenger Trains

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 22: Commuters walk to their trains at Union Station, the heart of VIA Rail travel, on April 22, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report they have arrested two people connected to an alleged Al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb on a VIA Rail train in Canada. (Photo by Ian Willms/Getty Images)

Canada Thwarts Al Qaeda Terror Plot Against Passenger Trains

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 22: Commuters leave a VIA Rail train at Union Station, the heart of VIA Rail travel, on April 22, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report they have arrested two people connected to an alleged Al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb on a VIA Rail train in Canada. (Photo by Ian Willms/Getty Images)

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