Two men accused of a plotting a terrorist attack against a passenger train that runs from Canada to New York are due in court Tuesday.
Officials say 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier, a Tunisian-born PhD student, and 35-year-old Raed Jaser, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates with permanent resident status in Canada, planned to derail a passenger train traveling from New York as it crossed over a bridge en route to Toronto.
Canadian police took the men into custody Monday and charged them with conspiring to carry out an attack and murder people in association with a terror group.
Authorities claim the suspects had "direction and guidance" from al Qaeda members in Iran, although the Iranian government denies any involvement.
More than four million people use the train route they targeted every year.
"It was a train going from Canada to the U.S. and obviously you would find a number of Americans that were on that," said Republican Representative Peter King of New York.
Officials say the plot had no connection to last week's Boston Marathon bombings.