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Inmates Take Control Of Prison Outside Kabul

KABUL, 26 February 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Rioting prison inmates are today in control of parts of a high-security prison on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul.

Afghan Deputy Justice Minister Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai told RFE/RL that the riot is at the Pul-e Charkhi Prison, but that only the political block has been taken over.

He said the trouble started when prisoners opposed the installation of windows between cells, and wearing uniforms.

The cell block houses about 1,300 inmates, including convicted Al-Qaeda and Taliban members.

Hashimzai added that at least four inmates have been injured in the clash.

Policemen and soldiers are surrounding the prison. AP has reported that tanks and armored personnel carriers of the Afghan army and NATO-led peacekeepers arre parked outside the prison.

(RFE/RL's Afghan Service, with agency reports)

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