Canada ties terrorism to Iran

Officials said the alleged terrorism plot in Canada had support from al-Qaeda in Iran, although there was no sign of state sponsorship. “The conclusions were made based on acts and words which are only appearances,” The accused face charges of conspiracy to carry out an attack and kill people in association with a terrorist group. The lawyer for one of the suspects questioned the timing of the arrests, which came as the Canadian parliament debates an anti-terrorism bill that would reintroduce “preventative detention” and investigative hearings. “I don’t know what their purposes were but their timing was notable to say the least,” Authorities say the two accused had planned to derail a passenger train in the Greater Toronto area. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said it was “ridiculous” to suggest any connection between al-Qaeda and Tehran.

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