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Afghanistan: Riot in US-run prison




Kabul, 13 March (AKI) - By Syed Saleem Shahzad - Prisoners held in Kabul’s controversial Pul-i-Charkhi jail rioted late on Thursday when NATO forces tried to shift Taliban inmates for interrogation.

Unnamed sources told Adnkronos International (AKI) that inmates in block 4 of the prison resisted their removal by NATO personnel, alleging that NATO officials wanted to carry out an extrajudicial killing.

The protest soon spread all over the jail. Inmates in another part of the prison (block 7) turned violent and around five were wounded when NATO personnel opened fire on the prisoners, according to AKI's sources.

Pul-i-Charkhi, where political prisoners are held, is located outside the Afghan capital. Most Taliban prisoners are currently held there.

The prison gained notoriety for its treatment of prisoners as long ago as during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1978-1989).

Experts have said the prison is one of several around the world holding repatriated Afghans detained by the United States including former inmates from the notorious US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo has caused international concern and prompted calls for its closure.

 


 

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