Authorities in the United Arab Emirates said Wednesday that they dismantled a terrorist cell comprising UAE and Saudi nationals, the official WAM news agency reported.

The group was plotting attacks in the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and other neighboring countries, WAM said, without specifying how many people were arrested or when.

The news agency described the suspects as "deviants," a term often used for members of al Qaeda.

UAE security forces apprehended the suspects in cooperation with Saudi authorities.

The suspects had imported equipment and material to be used in terrorist attacks, WAM said, offering no further details.

Recent months have seen several reports of arrests of extremists in the UAE, including the detention in September of some Muslim Brothers who founded a military wing of their organization with the aim of seizing power in the Emirates.

Saudi authorities said in August that they smashed two al Qaeda-linked cells who planned to attack public and private buildings in the kingdom. EFE