Two arrested in Canada over Al Qaeda plot

Two people have been arrested in connection with an Al Qaeda supported plot to derail a passenger train in Canada, police said Monday.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, were allegedly planning to carry out an attack on a Via Rail passenger train in the Toronto area, an official told reporters.

The pair are expected to appear in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack and conspiring in association with a terrorist group to murder individuals.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told a news conference the suspects "were receiving support from Al Qaeda elements located in Iran" but added "there's no indication that these attacks were state-sponsored."

The duo received "direction and guidance" from Al Qaeda, officials said.