British spy suspects arrested in Yugoslavia

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Four British citizens have been detained in Yugoslavia on suspicion of spying, according to a local news agency. It said the four unidentified Britons were arrested by the Yugoslav military on Mount Cakor, on the border between Montenegro and Kosovo, on Tuesday.

Four British citizens have been detained in Yugoslavia on suspicion of spying, according to a local news agency. It said the four unidentified Britons were arrested by the Yugoslav military on Mount Cakor, on the border between Montenegro and Kosovo, on Tuesday.

They were tourists, but arms were allegedly found in their possession.

According to the report which was filed by an independent Montenegrin news agency, the Britons were taken to military barracks under the suspicion that they were conducting a hostile act of spying, the said.

The British Foreign Office said it had no reports of any Britons being arrested, although it was investigating.

"We are treating these reports seriously and checking them urgently," it said in a statement.

Yugoslav authorities said on Monday that four Dutchmen were arrested in Yugoslavia in July for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Slobodan Milosevic.

The arrests follow allegations that NATO has hired mercenaries to snatch fugitive war crimes suspects on Yugoslav territory, tightening the noose around indicted Serb leaders. Yugoslav authorities claimed the Dutch were on a mission to kill or abduct Milosevic or former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and bring them to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

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