Germany arrests two suspected Libyan spies

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German authorities said Friday they had taken into custody two Libyans on charges of espionage.

Federal prosecutors said the two men, identified only as 42-year-old Adel Ab. and 46-year-old Adel Al., were suspected of obtaining information on exiled Libyan opposition groups since 2007 in Germany and in other European nations.

The purpose of their activities was apparently "to weaken exiled opposition movements to the point of obliteration," prosecutors said in a statement.

The two was arrested in Berlin on Thursday, they added.

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