Two Canadian men, Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, are being accused with plotting to de-rail a Toronto-New York City Via passenger train. Alleged to have received backing from Al Qaeda in Iran, both men are denying any involvement with Al Queda and claim to pose no threat.
The men were arrested separately after police received information from an imam in the community about suspicious activity. When he appeared he court, Esseghaier stated that he was a victim of racial profiling and had no connection with Al Queda. He claims that the charges are based solely on appearance and not concrete evidence.
Current charges faced by the men include plotting to kill as many people as possible in the name of Al Queda. According to police reports, another one of their alleged plans was to set off a bomb on the overpass connecting Ontario to New York at Niagara falls; a highly touristy and populated area.
Police are currently also trying to establish if there are any other individuals involved in the case. They are currently surveilling at least two more potential suspects.
The inquiry will continue as a joint Canadian, American investigation.