Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Canada thwarts Qaeda-linked train plotBlames Iran; Tehran denies role

Blames Iran; Tehran denies role

Canadian police have arrested two men and charged them with plotting to derail a Toronto-area passenger train in an operation that they say was backed by al-Qaeda elements in Iran.
“Had this plot been carried out, it would have resulted in innocent people being killed or seriously injured,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police official James Malizia told reporters on Monday.
US officials said the attack would have targeted a rail line between New York and Toronto, a route that travels along the Hudson Valley and enters Canada near Niagara Falls. Neither suspect is a Canadian citizen, and police did not reveal their nationalities. Two sources following the investigation said one was Tunisian.
Canada’s intelligence agency has long expressed concern about the possibility that disgruntled and radicalized Canadians could attack targets at home and abroad.
Iran reacted angrily. “No shred of evidence regarding those who’ve been arrested and stand accused has been provided,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said yesterday according to the Mehr news agency.