Iraqi prisoners set fire Abu Ghraib

Prisoners started a fire during a riot at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, officials said injuring several at the jail that became synonymous with U.S. detainee abuse.

Iraqi prisoners set fire Abu Ghraib

Prisoners started a fire during a riot at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, U.S. and Iraqi officials said, resulting in some injuries at the jail that became synonymous with U.S. detainee abuse.

Namir Mohammed, a local council member in western Baghdad's Abu Ghraib district, said the inmates set fire to mattresses on Thursday following a search.

Prison officials said inmates were unhappy about conditions at the jail.

Abu Ghraib gained international notoriety in 2004 after the release of photos showing U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners.

The prison has since been taken over by Iraqi officials and was reopened in February with a new name. Iraqi officials plan to hold only a fraction of the tens of thousands of prisoners it housed under Saddam and promise improved conditions.

Ahmed al-Khafaji, deputy interior minister, said late on Thursday the fire had been brought under control. It had caused injuries among some prison staff but not the inmates, he said.

On Friday morning, a U.S. military spokesman said inmates at Abu Ghraib had started a fire in their cell. Three guards and three inmates were reportedly injured, he said. U.S. aircraft backed Iraqi forces in responding to the incident.

Reuters
Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2009, 16:36
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