RCMP arrested a Montreal teenager on Thursday, saying it had reasonable grounds to fear the young man would commit terrorism.

An RCMP report said 18-year-old Mohamed Amine Assal was arrested based on findings of a short counter-terrorism investigation and intelligence shared by America’s FBI.

“The RCMP had reasonable grounds to fear that an individual may commit a terrorism offence,” the release said. “The investigation is ongoing and […] charges may be laid at a later date.”

The release said RCMP arrested Assal in order to disrupt his suspicious activities, but did not define the activities in question.

While RCMP did not reveal details about the arrest, its statement said a top priority is preventing religiously motivated violent extremism. 

Assal, a resident of Ville Saint-Laurent, will appear in front of the justice system Thursday, the same day of his arrest.