Major Terror Attack Thwarted In Canada Two Muslims Tied To Al Qaeda Arrested
April 22, 2013
Breaking: Canadian Police Thwart Major Terror PlotSuspects arrested in Ontario and Quebec in joint US-Canadian operation By Ari Soffer First Publish: 4/22/2013, 9:24 PM
(CBC News) Canadian officials are set to announce the arrest of a number of terrorist suspects in Ontario and Quebec later today, thwarting what is said to be a major terrorist atrocity, according to CBC News. Earlier today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that further details would be provided concerning a "national security criminal investigation" at a news conference at 3.30pm ET.
The arrests are not thought to be linked to the recent Boston Marathon attack, but the announcement will highlight the threat to the North American continent from terrorist groups, including "home-grown" extremists. Canadian officials have announced that they will be holding a press conference shortly to reveal further details of the case.
This is not the first time Canadian authorities have broken up a large-scale terrorist attack. In summer 2006, Canadian police arrested 18 suspects as part of a major counter-terrorism operation in southern Ontario. The sweeping arrests exposed a terrorist cell that planned to carry out a number of atrocities, including a massive attack on the Toronto Stock Exchange with explosives-laden trucks, and a plan to behead the Canadian Prime Minister, among other politicians. Although only 11 of the suspects were subsequently convicted, they became known as the "Toronto 18".
Monday's arrests, however, are thought to have disrupted an even larger-scale attack, although the precise details have not yet been revealed, pending a press conference later today. The alleged plotters are said to have been under surveillance by Canadian authorities for at least a year.
The arrests are the latest in a series of successful counter-terrorism operations in Canada. Apart from the "Toronto 18" a number of smaller cases have been unearthed, the most recent of which was in 2010, when three Islamist extremists - including a one-time Canadian Idol contestant - were charged with conspiracy to knowingly facilitate terrorist activities. Two of them were further charged with "participation in the activities of a terrorist group." That case has yet to go to court.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that they had arrested two men on Monday who had been planning to bomb a passenger train. One was arrested in Toronto and one near Montreal following an extensive investigation that dated back to last August and included the F.B.I., the mounted police said.
The two men, identified as Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, were working with Al Qaeda, according to the mounted police. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/world/americas/2-arrested-in-plot-to-attack-passenger-train-canada-says.html?_r=0