ABC News: Canada Thwarts Plot to Blow Up U.S.-Canada Rail Line

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM EDT

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ABC News: Canada Thwarts Plot to Blow Up U.S.-Canada Rail Line

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM EDT

(ABC News) Canadian authorities foiled a plot by two men they said were backed by al Qaeda to blow up and derail a Toronto commuter train, police said Monday.

According to the ABC News report:

The pair received guidance and training from al Qaeda-related individuals in Iran and had begun surveilling passenger trains in the Toronto area to plan for the attack, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which spoke this afternoon about the arrests.

Police made the arrests after an eight-month investigation that involved the FBI and was dubbed "Operation Smooth," the RCMP said today.

Police arrested Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto, and the pair will face charges of conspiring to carry out an attack and conspiring to murder individuals for the benefit of a terrorist group, police said.

Read the ABC News report HERE.