The 2:30 p.m. background briefing, attended by several prominent Muslim community leaders, was to be followed by a news conference near Toronto’s Pearson airport. In recent years, police have made a point of briefing community leaders before announcing terror arrests.
The arrests come at a time of heightened public concern over terrorism following the bombings in Boston as well as recent revelations over the involvement of radicalized Canadian youths in overseas terrorist groups (more at The Natinal Post here)
Muslim leader and law enforcement? What is wrong with this picture? Why isn't law enforcement imposing jihad sensitivity training upon these "Muslim leaders"? Why aren't these Muslim leaders calling for the removal of jihadic doctrine from Islam? Why aren't these Muslim leaders condemning the Islamic texts and teachings that command jihad? What were these Muslims doing there -- enforcing sharia language of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
These jihadists had intended to blow up the train over Niagara Falls and send it crashing down into the Falls. The evil and savagery of jihadists is unimaginable. The objective was to drop the train into the Niagara River as it crossed from Canada to USA over the bridge.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police press release
Ottawa, April 22, 2013– Today, the RCMP arrested two individuals and charged them with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA passenger train. The accused have been charged under sections 248, 235 (1), 83.2, 83.18, 83.21 of the Criminal Code of Canada. As a result of extensive collaborative efforts, the RCMP was able to disrupt the threat early. 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.
The two accused, Chiheb ESSEGHAIER and Raed JASER, who live in the Montreal and Toronto area were conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA passenger train. Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack against, and conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.