The UAE said yesterday it had arrested a seven-member cell linked to Al-Qaeda that was planning attacks on the Gulf oil and business hub, the second time this year it has alleged a concrete threat from the militant group.
It said the seven were Arab nationals who had been helping Al-Qaeda with recruitment, financing and logistical support. The cell was “plotting acts that would have harmed the security of the country, its citizens and foreign residents,” said the statement carried by state news agency WAM.
The group was also involved in “recruiting people” for Al-Qaeda and providing the jihadist organization with “money and logistic support.”
It was also “trying to extend its activities to reach some other countries in the region,” the statement said, without elaborating.
The seven are of “Arab nationalities,” and will be questioned and put on trial, it said.
In December, the UAE said it had arrested members of a “deviant group” that was planning to carry out militant attacks.
A court in Abu Dhabi is currently trying 94 people on charges of plotting to seize power.