Authorities in Azerbaijan have arrested 22 people they say were spying for Iran and plotting attackshttp://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/14/22-arrested-in-azerbaijan-for-iran-backed-plot/ on Israeli and Western targets, the government announced Wednesday.
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A statement from the central Asian nation's national security ministry said the group stands accused of spying, treason and "other grave crimes. "The spy ring dates back to 1999 and had been supplied with money, military training and weapons, the statement said.
Azerbaijan – which shares a border with Iran – announced in February that a number of people had been arrested in connection with an alleged plot against foreign citizens organized by Iran. The National Security Ministry said the plotters had acquired weapons and explosives.