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RCMP: Train terror plot tied to al Qaeda in Iran

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  • Police: Trains headed for U.S. targeted by suspects
  • Suspects under surveillance in Canada for months
A VIA Rail train engine sits idle at Union Station, the heart of VIA Rail travel, on April 22, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report they have arrested two people connected to an alleged Al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb on a VIA Rail train in Canada.

Two men are accused of a terrorist plot to attack a passenger train headed from Canada to the U.S. They are due in court today.

Police say the men had been under surveillance for more than a year and that the alleged attack on trains was still in the planning stages.

James Malizia of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) says the suspects had some help. “The individuals were receiving support from al Qaeda elements located in Iran,” Malizia said in a press conference Monday. "There is no information to indicate that these attacks were state sponsored.”

Iran released a statement strongly denying any involvement. It says there's no possibility al Qaeda is active inside Iran.

The RCMP also says it hasn't found any link between these planned attacks and last week's Boston marathon bombings.

MORE: Suspects in thwarted terror plot to appear in court

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