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Americans detained in Pakistan deny terror plans

SARGODHA, Pakistan (AP) - The defense lawyer for five Americans detained in Pakistan has denied that his clients planned to carry out terrorist attacks inside or outside the country.

Attorney Ameer Abdullah Rokri said the five men planned to travel to Afghanistan to help fellow Muslims "who are bleeding and who are being victimized by Western forces."

Rokri denied that his clients had ties with al-Qaida or other militant groups inside Pakistan.

The five men appeared in court Monday in the eastern Pakistani city of Sargodha where they were arrested in December.

Rokri said the court remanded the men to prison for 14 days to give the police time to prepare their case.

Police have said they plan to charge the men with terrorism and seek life sentences against them.

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