Canadian police say they have thwarted what they called an al - Qaeda - supported terrorist plot to attack a major transportation route in the North American country.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police(RCMP) in Ontario said on Monday that they had arrested two foreign nationals, who were planning to derail a VIA passenger train travelling between Toronto and New York. RCMP told a news conference that Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto had been seen watching trains and railways in the Greater Toronto Area, but no further evidence has been released so far. Assistant RCMP Commissioner James Malizia claimed the two suspects, who had been under surveillance since last August, had links to " al - Qaeda elements inside Iran, " but said " There ' s no indication that these attacks were state - sponsored. " This is while Tehran has time and again condemned al - Qaeda as a terrorist group. However, the police emphasized that an attack had not been imminent. " While the RCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure, " a police statement read.