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LONDON, England (CNN) -- One of 13 suspects arrested this week in Britain on suspicion of being involved in terrorist activities has been released.

Police said a 25-year-old man was released without charge late Friday. No other details were provided.

Another man was released without charge Tuesday shortly after being arrested in a police swoop of four locations.

Police have been granted an extension allowing them to hold the remaining 11 men until Sunday night.

Suspects can be held for up to two weeks before police decide whether to charge them. However, courts grant that permission only a few days at a time.

Tuesday's arrests were made in north west London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Lancashire.

The 13 men -- aged between 19 and 32 -- were seized "on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism" under the Terrorism Act 2000.

A statement by London's Metropolitan Police did not disclose the nationalities of the men arrested, nor did it provide details of their alleged terrorist activities.

Suspects arrested in previous anti-terrorism raids in Britain have often been released without charge.

Three months ago, the UK Home Office said that fewer than one in five of those arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 had been charged with offences under the legislation.

By the end of June this year, 609 people had been arrested under the Act since September 11 2001, the Home Office said.

The Home Office said 99 of those had been charged with offences under the Act, including 38 who were also charged under other legislation. Of the 99 charged, 15 have been convicted.

The remainder were released without charge, bailed to return, cautioned, charged under other legislation or dealt with under immigration or mental health legislation, the Home Office said.

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