TEHRAN (FNA)- Seven members of a local al-Qaeda cell were arrested over alleged plans to attack targets in the United Arab Emirates, officials told state media.
The group was planning actions which compromised the Persian Gulf nation's security, according to state news agency WAM.
An unidentified source told the agency the cell recruited people, promoted al-Qaeda and provided finances and logistical support to the organisation.
All seven members are believed to be Arab nationals.
Last December, the UAE arrested members of what it called a terror cell which it said was planning to attack targets in the Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
There are also currently 94 people on trial in the UAE charged with plotting to overthrow the government.
The detainees, all Emiratis, include prominent human rights lawyers as well as judges, teachers and student leaders.
The UAE is a major oil exporter and key western ally in the region, comprising seven sheikhdoms run by ruling families.
Up to 80% of its residents are expatriates, lured by work in construction or the lucrative financial sector.