Thwarted terror plot in Canada has NJ commuters on high alert

New Jersey commuters were on high alert today after two men were arrested and charged in connection with a terror plot against a Canadian passenger

A NJ Transit spokesperson says the agency remains

A NJ Transit spokesperson says the agency remains in a heightened state of alert, which it has been under since last Monday's bombings in Boston. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

MANHATTAN - New Jersey commuters were on high alert today after two men were arrested and charged in connection with a terror plot against a Canadian passenger train bound for New York City.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and 35-year-old Raed Jaser are accused of trying to carry out an al-Qaida-backed attack.

Although Canadian law enforcement says there was no imminent threat of attack, they believe those involved were receiving some sort of support from al-Qaida in the Middle East.

"The individuals were receiving support from al-Qaida elements located in Iran.  Now, I can tell you that there is no information to indicate that these attacks were state sponsored," Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said.

Iran has completely denied al-Qaida is operating inside its borders.

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