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Saudi Arabia Arrests 18 Suspected Spies

March 19, 2013

Eighteen people, including one Iranian and one Lebanese national, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged espionage activities, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday.

Coordinated security operations were carried out in four regions of the kingdom resulting in the arrest of 16 Saudis along with the Iranian and Lebanese citizens, the report said quoting an Interior Ministry spokesman.

The official said the Saudis and two expatriates were being held for "espionage activities for the benefit of a foreign country," but did not name that nation.

The men were allegedly "involved in collecting information on vital locations and installations as well as communicating with intelligence bodies in that foreign country."

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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