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Militants admit planning to topple government

DUBAI — Islamists detained in the United Arab Emirates have confessed to forming a secret organization that includes a military wing aimed at establishing an Islamist state, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Members of the banned Al-Islah association said they planned to topple the UAE regime, a federation of seven hereditary sheikhdoms, the Alkhaleej daily said, citing unnamed sources close to the investigation.

The group admitted a plot aimed at “seizing power and establishing a religious state or a Caliphate” — the political system improvised by early Muslims after the death of Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports