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Al-Qaida, Taleban Inmates Riot at Afghanistan Prison


Officials in Afghanistan say Taleban, al-Qaida and hundreds of other inmates at a high-security prison in Kabul have taken control of a prison block after clashing with security guards.

Prison officials say the riot erupted Saturday night after a group of prisoners refused to wear new prison uniforms intended to prevent inmates from mingling with visitors and possibly escaping. Seven Taleban inmates used such a method to escape last month.

Officials say at least 1,300 prisoners were involved in the riot.

Shots were heard at the Pul-e-Charkhi prison Saturday and early Sunday. Authorities say no guards were hurt, but several prisoners were injured.

Pul-e-Charkhi prison is a huge facility built in the 1970s where thousands of Afghans opposing communist rule in the 1980s were tortured and killed. The prison now holds common criminals as well as al-Qaida and Taleban-linked militants.

Some information for this report was provided by AP , AFP and Reuters.

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