Montreal police are scrambling to reassure commuters after a Spanish newspaper said a man arrested in the wake of the 2004 Madrid bombings had detailed information about the Quebec city's subway system.
El Pais daily newspaper reported Tuesday that Spanish police found information about the Montreal subway system as well as data on Spanish trains and a map of the London system on Abdelhak Chergui's personal laptop computer.
It allegedly included detailed plans of Montreal's Metro, such as route information, station locations – even details on passenger capacity and the system that opens and closes the doors on the subway cars.
Insp. Paul Chablo of the Montreal police tried to allay public anxiety on Wednesday, saying the material didn't add up to a specific threat and police didn't think they needed to increase subway security.
Just another innocent hobbyist only being checked out to be on the safe side. It's quite common over there, actually, just like one-way flight simulation.