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Police get extra 'terror' quiz time

Police have been granted more time to question six men arrested in connection with a counter-terrorism operation.

West Midlands Police confirmed on Tuesday night they had been granted warrants of further detention to question the suspects who are all being detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK.

Officers now have until approximately midnight on Sunday to charge, release or apply for an additional extension.

The men, all from Birmingham and aged 25 to 32, were arrested on Sunday night and Monday morning as part of a major pre-planned counter terrorism operation, following a joint investigation by police and MI5.

A seventh person, a 22-year-old woman from Saltley, who was arrested on suspicion of failing to disclose information contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000, was released on bail on Monday night.

It is understood the investigation relates to suspected Islamist extremism, but it is not thought that an attack or threat was imminent.

A spokesman for the force said forensic teams have conducted searches at a total of 16 properties in the city.

The men were detained at or near their homes in Birmingham and were taken into custody in the Moseley, Sparkbrook, Sparkhill, Ward End and Balsall Heath areas of the city.

West Midlands Police said the "large-scale operation" had been running for some time and had been subject to regular review, adding that the action was necessary "in order to ensure public safety".

The arrests were not related to the Liberal Democrats' conference, which is taking place at the city's International Convention Centre, police said.

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