The Associated Press is reporting that police in Canada say two men have been arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train.   

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser were conspiring to carry out an al-Qaida supported attack against Via Rail, but posed no imminent threat.

The two were arrested in Montreal and Toronto.

The RCMP said the two suspects had "direction and guidance" from al-Qaida elements in Iran.

But they said there is no indication of state-sponsored terrorism.

Reuters reports that sources said the plot involved a railroad which carries a daily passenger train between Toronto and New York City.

They are not Canadian citizens but police won't say where they are from, how long they have been in Canada or why they are in Canada.
   
RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia says that had the attack been carried out, people would have been killed or injured.

The investigation was part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.