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Spain Holds Suspects for Terror Plot on March 11 Investigators

Spanish judge is ordering 17 suspects to remain in prison for a plot to bomb Madrid's National Court.

Judge Baltasar Garzon said the plot aimed to disrupt the investigation into the March 11 commuter train terror attack in Madrid. He said the suspects also wanted to kill judges and staff and destroy records of investigations into other Islamic extremists.

Judge Garzon issued the order late Saturday. He also issued international arrest warrants for seven others.

Most of the suspects were already being held in Spanish prisons on other charges, and the others were arrested last Monday and Tuesday.

Last Friday, Spain moved to extradite the suspected ringleader of the plot, Mohamed Achraf, who is being held in Switzerland for immigration violations.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.