The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation conducted by the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which “had been going on for a considerable amount of time,” reported CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife.
“I am told that the two people who have been arrested, they are linked somehow to al Qaeda,” Fife reported Monday afternoon.
The two people arrested Monday are not linked with two men from London, Ont., who died in an al Qaeda-linked siege on a gas plant in Algeria last January.
Fife said police had planned to make the arrests three weeks ago, but for unknown reasons they picked up the suspects on Monday.
The RCMP are expected to provide more information at a Toronto news conference scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET