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(CNN) -- Launching raids on two sites in Ottawa, officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have arrested and charged a man with terrorism-related crimes spanning the Atlantic Ocean, according to a statement from the RCMP.

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Police allege Mohammad Momin Khawaja, 29, of Ottawa "did knowingly participate in or contribute to, directly or indirectly, an activity of a terrorist group, for the purpose of enhancing the ability of a terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity" and "did knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity."

The crimes are alleged to have taken place "on or between November 10, 2003, and March 29, 2004, at or near the City of Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario and at or near the City of London, England."

Scotland Yard offered no details on the case, saying it does not comment on arrests in other countries.

On Monday, British authorities arrested eight men as part of an anti-terrorism sweep in London and across south-central England. (Full story)

Khawaja, a Canadian-born citizen, appeared in court Tuesday after he was arrested at work a day earlier, where a search was conducted, the RCMP said. A search warrant was also issued for Khawaja's Ottawa-area home.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

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