Cairo, Egypt (AP) -- More than a dozen people have been arrested by authorities in Egypt for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks in middle eastern countries including Iraq.
The Interior Ministry says an American, eleven Europeans and several others from Arab countries were arrested.
Authorities say the group is part of an Islamic militant terror cell that has adopted extremist ideas. The ministry says the group was living in Egypt under the guise of carrying out Arabic and Islamic studies.
Along with the American, police have arrested two Belgians, nine people from France and several others from Egypt and other Arab countries including Tunisia and Syria.
Police officials say the arrests were made about a week ago. All of those arrested are in jail pending further investigation.
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