Canadian police and intelligence agencies will announce later today they have thwarted a plot to carry out a major terrorist attack, arresting two suspects in Montreal and Toronto, CBC News has learned.
Highly placed sources tell CBC News the alleged plotters have been under surveillance for more than a year in Quebec and southern Ontario.
The two men are expected to appear in court tomorrow. The investigation was part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Press conference at 3:30 – “I am told that the two people who have been arrested, they are linked somehow to al Qaeda”
Via Train Targeted – Names of arrested suspects Chalib Essagiar, Raed Jaser
Not Canadian Citizens: The two accused are Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal and Raed Jaser, 35, from Toronto.
Chiheb Esseghaier CV – May be Tunisian. h/t Sanwin
Raed Jaser – May be same guy convicted of crime 16 years ago but not deported!
Major terrorist attack on Canada averted