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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Three men charged with conspiracy to murder over the alleged airliner bomb plot have been remanded in custody until September 4.

The charges against the three men, who appeared Wednesday at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London brings the total number of people charged in connection with the case to 15.

Nabeel Hussain, of the northeast London district of Chingford, Mohammed Yasar Gulzar and Mohammed Shamin Uddin are accused of conspiracy to commit murder and plotting to smuggle explosives onto an aircraft.

District Judge Nicholas Evans denied Hussain's application for bail. The other two suspects did not seek bail.

Two of Hussain's brothers -- Umair, 24, and Mehran, 23 -- already face lesser charges of failing to disclose information about Nabeel Hussain's suspected role in the plot to police.

Police announced on August 10 that they had foiled a planned attack on U.S.-bound passenger jets using liquid explosives.

The alleged plot was uncovered when a member of Britain's Muslim community noticed an acquaintance acting suspiciously and went to authorities, leading investigators to plant an undercover British agent among the group, U.S. and British authorities said.

Of the 24 suspects arrested on August 10, four have been released and five remain in custody but have yet to be charged.

The court on Wednesday granted police another week to question the five remaining suspects, Reuters news service reports.

The five suspects can now be held until September 6 at the latest before they must be charged or released.

The police will only publicly name them if they are charged, Reuters reports.

The arrests sparked heightened terror alerts in Britain and the United States and ushered in tighter security regulations on airline passengers.


Sketch showing the suspects: From left, Mohammed Uddin; Nabeel Hussain; Muhammed Gulzar



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