04-22-2013, 03:04 PM
Quote:RCMP thwart 'major terrorist attack' in Canada
TORONTO - A potential bomb plot on a passenger train over the Niagara River has been averted, a police source says.
While officials have not confirmed the train bombing plan, the RCMP are holding a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Monday to outline details of the arrest of what they say was a planned terror plot.
One police source said there were several scenarios being looked at during the year the suspects were tracked, including the train plot.
One of the plots uncovered by the RCMP and other agencies was a planned bombing of a passenger train on the bridge that connects Canada and the United States at Niagara Falls, a police source says.
“The plan was to take out a train with passengers on board and the crossing trestle,” said a source. “It was meant to be spectacular and there would have been a lot of carnage.”
The source was not clear of the planned date.
“It didn’t happen,” said the source. “It was stopped.”
The source said he believes five people will be arrested and the investigation continues.
“There is an Ontario component and a Quebec component.”
As for who was behind the terror plot, the source did not confirm al-Qaida, as some are reporting.
“I can tell you it’s the big boys,” he said. “I can tell you it’s heavy stuff.”
U.S. officials said the alleged plot was not linked with last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.
The arrests follow not only the Boston bombings but revelations that Canadians took part in an attack by militants on a gas plant in Algeria in January.
It also recalls the arrests in 2006 of a group of more than a dozen Toronto-area men accused of planning to plant bombs at various Canadian targets.
This one is close to home, I live in the Niagara region of Ontario about 20 minutes from that train bridge. They were getting direction and guidance from al Qaeda in Iran. The plan was to take out a train with passengers on board and the crossing trestle as it crossed the Niagara River.