Security forces in the United Arab Emirates have broken up an al - Qaeda - linked terrorist group, official sources say.The group of seven was reportedly recruiting people for al-Qaeda. The Emirates News Agency (WAM) said on Thursday that the cell was “plotting acts that would have harmed the security of the country, its citizens and foreign residents.” The cell was trying to extend its activities and reach some other countries in the region, the report said. Security sources stated that the group was also providing ‘militants’ with ‘money and logistic support.’ It has been said that all the seven members of the terrorist group are of unspecified Arab nationalities. Last December, the UAE detained members of what it called a terror cell. Officials said the group was planning to attack areas in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Also in July 2012, the Persian Gulf state said it had dismantled a group plotting against its national security. However, the number of arrests and the members’ affiliation were not announced. Nearly 90 percent of UAE’s population of over five million are foreigners.