Montreal, Jan 16 (Agencies): The claims of media reports on locals receiving trainings from al-Qaeda aimed at carrying out attacks in Canadian cities, kept National police on their toes, a police official said.

As a part of precautionary measures, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has been assessing the credibility of the claims reported by the Hong Kong-based Asia Times.

The report had claimed that the Canadians arrived in Afghanistan last February and moved to Pakistan after nine months. They received explosives training, but there was no indication of when they would return to Canada.

"Any information that we receive, we look at assessing its credibility and then taking proper actions to ensure that Canadians and our allies are kept safe," said assistant commissioner Gilles Michaud, head of the national security programme.

"If the conclusion is that the threat is credible, appropriate measures are taken."

The report, citing "well-placed Taliban sources," said British, Americans and Germans are also receiving militant training.