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Saudi Arabia arrests 18 alleged spies

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 19 (UPI) --
Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested 18 suspected spies, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.



Sixteen of the suspects taken into custody during coordinated raids in four regions of the kingdom last week are Saudis, while one is a Lebanese and one is from Iran, the BBC reported Tuesday.



Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki told state TV the suspects were "involved in a spying cell for a state."



"They were gathering information about installations and vital areas in the country and providing intelligence agencies of that state with it," al-Turki said.



The ministry spokesman did not reveal the country behind the alleged spy network, the BBC said.



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