Charges were filed against the detainee, 21-year-old Suliman Mohammed, on counts of taking part in the activities of a terrorist organization and intent to carry out terror attacks.
Police confirmed that Mohammed's arrest was connected to the arrest of a set of twins also charged with conspiracy to commit a terror attack and multiple related charges.
On Friday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested twins Ashton Larmond and Carlos Larmond on similar grounds, charging both with multiple counts of being involved in terror activity, including conspiracy to carry out terror attacks abroad.
'Epiphany' for Islam
Mohammed refused to tell investigators Saturday whether or not he knew the Larmond brothers, who may have lived in the same residence as he, citing "moral" reasons to keep information to himself under legal rights.
Mohammed has no criminal record in Ontario or Quebec. His mother is a Christian artist with Polish roots; his father is a Sudanese-born immigrant to Canada. A family friend told the Ottawa Citizen that Mohammed's father raised the children in the family and taught them Islamic Sharia law and traditions.
Classmates of his at D’Arcy McGee High School in Gatineau noted to the paper that Mohammed was "not a practicing Orthodox Muslim" until after his high school years, and that he was slowly gravitating toward a rough crowd and seemed easily influenced.
In recent years, Mohammed began to express a great interest in Islam, and he began wearing traditional Islamic clothing, as well as speaking frequently about his profound belief in Islam.
“He was expressing a great deal of passion and enthusiasm for his religion,” an acquaintance told the daily. “He was describing an epiphany.”
Terror spiraling out of control in Canada?
Meanwhile, a Canadian member of the terrorist group Al Shabab was featured Thursday in an Al Shabab video released on the Internet, two years after he was killed while attacking the Somali Supreme Court in Mogadishu.
The video showed former Toronto resident Mahad Ali Dhore handling a handgun and speaking into the camera in English. It did not explain why Al Shabab had decided to release it so long after his death.
A report recently released by the Canadian Ministry of Public Safety detailed the troubling phenomenon of Canadians traveling to the Middle East to join in jihad - and later returning to potentially conduct attacks.
"As of early 2014, the Government was aware of more than 130 individuals with Canadian connections who were abroad and who were suspected of terrorism-related activities," noted the report.