‘Deviants’ held by security forces in UAE

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Security forces in the United Arab Emirates have arrested a cell of UAE and Saudi Arabian citizens which was planning to carry out attacks in both countries and other states, the official news agency said yesterday.

The UAE, a federation of seven emirates and a major oil exporter that has supported Western counter-terrorism efforts in the region, has been spared attacks by al-Qaeda and other insurgents.

However, some of its emirates have seen a rise in Islamist sentiment in recent years, and Dubai, a business and tourism hub and cosmopolitan city that attracts many Westerners, could make an attractive target for Islamist militants, analysts say.

“The security authorities in the UAE 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,” agency WAM said.