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Arabia
UAE arrests terror cell plotting attacks
2012-12-26
Security forces in the United Arab Emirates have arrested a group of UAE and Saudi Arabian citizens planning to carry out terrorist militant attacks in both countries and in other states.

The arrested group had acquired materials and equipment for use in what the official news agency WAM called terrorist operations. WAM said, "The security authorities in the UAE, in coordination with the related security parties in Saudi Arabia, announced the arrest of an organised cell from the deviant group that was planning to carry out actions against national security of both countries and some brotherly states."

The phrase "the deviant group" is generally used by officials in Saudi Arabia to describe al Qaeda members.

The UAE has escaped the tumult that has rocked the Arab world but moved swiftly to quash any sign of political dissent by detaining more than 60 Islamists this year over alleged threats to state security and links to a foreign group. Those detainees, who belong to an Islamist group called al-Islah, have confessed to setting up a secret organisation with an armed force whose goal was to take power and establish an Islamic state, local media said in September. Islah denied the accusations.

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