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Terrorism-related arrest shocks UPEI community

The arrest of a man believed to be a student at the University of Prince Edward Island has shocked the school community.

Seyed Amir Hossein Raisolsadat was arrested by RCMP Tuesday

UPEI student Sarah MacEachern at first didn't believe there was a terrorism-related arrest of a UPEI student. (CBC)

The arrest of a man believed to be a student at the University of Prince Edward Island has shocked the school community.

Details are still scarce about the arrest of 20-year-old Seyed Amir Hossein Raisolsadat of Stratford, P.E.I., which happened on Tuesday.

Police won't say if any charges are pending or talk about the allegations against Raisolsadat. He was arrested based on police suspicions that he might commit an offence related to terrorism. He was released and ordered not to leave P.E.I. or possess firearms. He must report to the RCMP every week and continue to reside in his home.

Barrit Lane never thought an arrest like this would happen in a small community like P.E.I. (CBC)

It is believed Raisolsadat attends UPEI, in the chemistry department. Barrit Lane works in the department and couldn't believe the news.

"You always hear about that in bigger areas, but you never consider it around here," he said.

Student Sarah MacEachern shared the sentiment.

"Shock. I didn't really expect that from UPEI," she said.

"I didn't really believe it at first."

UPEI had little to say on the matter. It said the university cannot disclose any information about students. It did say they have not been contacted by any law enforcement agencies.

The CBC was unable to reach Raisolsadat for comment.

Whatever concerns the RCMP have about him are just allegations at this point, and have not been proven in court.

Raisolsadat is expected to appear in court on April 20.

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