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      UAE Nabs Terror Cell Plotting Attacks

      The UAE announced that it has nabbed a cell of Saudi and Emirati members plotting terror attacks in the two countries and other states.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 12/26/2012, 6:50 PM

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      The United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday that it has nabbed a cell of Saudi and Emirati members plotting terror attacks in the two countries and other states.

      The suspects "imported material and equipment with the aim of committing terror acts," according to an official statement on the WAM state news agency.

      The arrests came after coordination between security authorities in the two Gulf states.

      “The security authorities in the UAE, in coordination with the related security parties in Saudi Arabia, announced the arrest of an organized cell from the deviant group that was planning to carry out actions against national security of both countries and some sisterly states,” WAM reported.

      The suspects were described as members of the "deviant group," a term usually used in Saudi Arabia to refer to Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists.

      "Security authorities acted "after confirming that those elements were plotting to jeopardize security" in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries, the statement said, adding that they would be put on trial.

      In July, Abu Dhabi said it dismantled a group plotting against state security without identifying their affiliation or the number of arrests.

      The prosecutor general, Salem Said Kabish, said an unspecified number of people were being questioned for having formed "a group aimed at damaging the security of the state."

      WAM said at the time they were also suspected of "rejecting the constitution and the founding principles of power in the Emirates" and of having links with foreign organizations.