British terror suspects remanded

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Nine men charged with plotting terror attacks were remanded in custody until February 15 at England's central criminal court on Friday.

At the Old Bailey in London, judge David Calvert-Smith said their trial would not take place until at least January next year.

The men were arrested on December 20 when police raided properties in Birmingham, London, Cardiff and the central town of Stoke-on-Trent.

The raids took place after several months of surveillance and monitoring by police and intelligence officers.

A dozen suspects were arrested but three were subsequently released.

The nine are alleged to have also targeted political and religious figures in the plot in the run-up to Christmas.

Aged between 19 and 28, the suspects are charged with conspiring to cause explosions likely to endanger life or damage property between November 6 and December 21.

A further charge alleges they were preparing for acts of terrorism between the same dates.

© 2011 AFP

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