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UAE arrests members of alleged terror cell planning gulf attacks

Publish Date27/12/2012 08:54:04 AM

Last Update27/12/2012 09:07:02 AM

United Arab Emirates in coordination with Saudi Arabian officials said on Wednesday that they have arrested members of a terror cell which was  planning to carry out attacks in the two oil exporting countries and other states.

According to official statements carried on the state news agency WAM, the arrests were made in cooperation with Saudi Arabia; the arrested cell of UAE and Saudi Arabian citizens had obtained materials and equipments with the aim of executing terrorist operations.

UAE detained more than 60 people this year that it accuses of trying to overthrow the authorities and establish an Islamic state.WAM said at the time that those detained were suspected of having links with foreign organizations.

Saudi Arabia commonly refers to Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants as being part the so-called deviant group. And the suspects will be tried in court, WAM said.

Saudi authorities arrested a group of militants   suspected to have link with  Al-Qaeda, mostly Yemeni nationals, in Riyadh.

An Islamist group in the UAE, Al-Islah, later denied reports that it had established an armed wing. It said it was committed to peaceful reform.

Many of the detained Islamists come from the more religiously conservative northern emirates such as Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah, which produced one of the September 11 hijackers.

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