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Pakistan Remands Suspected American Militants for More Questioning

Investigators in Pakistan are getting more time to question five young Americans suspected of trying to join a militant group.

A Pakistani court in Punjab province Friday granted police another ten days to interrogate the men.

The five, all from the Washington, DC area, were arrested earlier this month in Sargodha at the home of a leader of the banned militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad (Army of the Prophet Mohammad).

Police say the men used Internet sites to try to contact militants in Pakistan before traveling there from the U.S. in late November. A civil rights group representing Muslims, the Council on American Islamic Relations, said the men made a "farewell video" with the message that Muslims must be defended.

A senior police official in Sargodha, Haseeb Shah, says investigators may ask for another extension at the next court hearing.

U.S. FBI agents in Pakistan have also questioned the Americans.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.