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Al-Qaeda plot in Canada, 3 arrested

world Updated: Aug 27, 2010 00:20 IST
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Two Canadian Muslims — one reportedly hailing from India — arrested in an Al Qaeda-linked plot were charged with terrorism on Thursday and remanded to police custody till September 1.

A Pakistani-origin third suspect named Khuram Sher, who had auditioned for Canadian Idol, was also nabbed Thursday morning.

Under what is curiously called “Project Samosa”, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested two suspects early Wednesday. One of them said to be named Misbahuddin Ahmed who reportedly hails from India.

It is the second Al Qaeda-linked terror plot to be unearthed in Canada after the Toronto-18 plot of 2006 in which 18 Toronto-area Muslims planned massive terror attacks.

Authorities said the ringleader of the terror plot had travelled to the region between Pakistan and Afghanistan for training in weapons. Arrests were made when one of the suspects was about to travel abroad as part of the alleged plot, they said.

Though police didn't name the suspects, one of them is said to be 36-year-old Misbahuddin Ahmed told his landlord that he was born in India but had lived for a time in Saudi Arabia.