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Spain Places 6 Militant Suspects in Custody

A Spanish judge has ordered six men, suspected of trying to recruit people to carry out attacks in Iraq and other countries, held in custody.

Court officials say the six are among 18 people from various countries taken into custody in a security operation early this week. Authorities say they are continuing an investigation. The officials say the group also planned to send the recruits to other conflict zones such as Kashmir and Chechnya.

Among those the judge (Fernando Andreau) ordered Saturday to be placed in custody is Hiyag Maan, the 25-year-old suspected leader of a group that recruited suicide attackers.

The judge freed 12 of those detained this week, but ordered them to check in with the court each week and surrender their passports.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.