“Alleged ‘al-Qaeda-supported’ plot against Via train thwarted
Police say 2 accused were getting ‘direction and guidance’ from al-Qaeda elements in Iran”
CBC News Posted: Apr 22, 2013 1:44 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 22, 2013 10:36 PM ET
SNIPPET: “RCMP officials said the two accused were plotting to derail a passenger train. Jennifer Strachan, chief superintendent of RCMP criminal operations in the province of Ontario, said the two suspects watched trains and railways in the Greater Toronto Area.
“We are alleging that these two individuals took steps and conducted activities to initiate a terrorist attack,” she told reporters.”
SNIPPET: “There was a specific route targeted, not necessarily a specific train, Strachan said, although she declined to reveal the route. According to a Reuters report, U.S. law enforcement and national security sources said the alleged plot targeted a rail line between Toronto and New York City.
The two men arrested are not Canadian citizens but were in the country legally, police said Monday.”
SNIPPET: “Chiheb Esseghaier studied at University of Sherbrooke, before moving to Institute National de la Recherche Scientifique in Varennes, Que.”
SNIPPET: “RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said the two accused were getting “direction and guidance” from al-Qaeda elements in Iran.”
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“Plot in Canada disrupted, AQ in Iran involved”
(April 24, 2013)
Canada tried, failed to deport VIA Rail terror suspect nine years ago
National Post ^ | April 25, 2013 | Stewart Bell
Posted on April 25, 2013 1:55:09 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
TORONTO Canadian immigration authorities tried to deport the Toronto VIA Rail terror suspect nine years ago but never did so because, as a stateless Palestinian, he could not be sent to any other country, documents obtained by the National Post show.
Raed Jaser was allegedly working illegally under several aliases when he was arrested in August 2004 on an outstanding immigration warrant. Officials wanted to deport him because he had a string of criminal convictions but were forced to set him free after two days.
The governments failure to deport Mr. Jaser allegedly proved costly for Canada: He and co-accused Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, an immigrant from Tunisia, were charged this week with plotting to derail a passenger train traveling from New York to Toronto.
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