(CNN/WSYR-TV) -- Canadian authorities arrested two men accused of planning to carry out an Al-Qaeda-supported terrorist attack.
Officials with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the suspects were targeting a Canadian passenger train on one of its busiest routes in the Greater Toronto area.
“After an extensive and complex criminal investigation, named ‘Project Smooth,’ the RCMP arrested and charged two individuals for two terrorism-related offenses, under various sections of the criminal code. The RCMP is alleging that Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser were conspiring to carry out an Al-Qaeda-supported attack against a VIA passenger train,” said James Malizia
with the RCMP.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation quoted “highly placed sources” as saying the suspects were under surveillance for more than a year.
The train that runs from New York City to Toronto follows the Hudson from New York City to Rennsalear, crosses the Hudson into Albany, then runs west along the CSX Chicago line to Utica, Rome, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Niagara Falls. It then heads to Canada, traveling eastbound on the north shore of Lake Ontario and into Toronto.