World Bulletin / News Desk
Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people, including an Iranian, a Lebanese citizen and 16 Saudis, for spying, it said on Tuesday, in a move that could raise tensions between Riyadh and arch-rival Tehran.
Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said on state television the suspects were "involved with a spy network working for a foreign country".
Turki later told Reuters he could not say who the 18 were suspected of spying for, pending further investigation.
The spying arrests, the first in recent memory, follow a string of accusations by Riyadh that an unnamed foreign country, widely understood to mean Iran, had instigated protests inside Saudi Arabia.
The arrests were made four days ago and the suspects were being investigated before being handed over to judicial authorities, Turki said on television.
"They were gathering information about installations and vital areas in the country and providing intelligence agencies of that state with it," he added.Last Mod: 20 Mart 2013, 10:16