Cyprus police spokesman says authorities have detained a man on suspicion of being involved in planning a terrorist attack on the east Mediterranean island.

Spokesman Andreas Angelides said Friday that police have an "an individual in custody on possible charges pertaining to terrorism laws."

Angelides declined to identify the suspect, the level of his involvement in the plot and what the intended target would have been, saying disclosure of any details about the case could compromise an ongoing investigation.

State radio CyBC quoted an unidentified senior police official as saying that "Israeli interests" in the southern coastal town of Limassol were to be targeted. CyBC said the suspect was arrested a week ago.

An official at the Israeli Embassy in Nicosia refused to comment on the matter.