Afghan prison seized by inmates after violent protests

Yet another riot in an afghani jail. This time, they have another american hostage. It does not look good for him :(

Hundreds of captured Taliban and suspected al-Qa'eda fighters ran riot in Afghanistan's most notorious prison yesterday as inmates seized control of its three blocks during an eruption of violence.

The Islamists, who were said last night to be holding an American prisoner hostage, were among an estimated 1,500 prisoners at Kabul's vast Pul-e-Charki jail whose revolt was triggered on Saturday night by new rules to impose a prison uniform on inmates.

The uprising, which soon took on a political tone, was said to have begun in the block that houses the captured fighters.

They were heard chanting "Allah-u-Akbar" (God is great) and "Death to America" yesterday.

It then spread to a block that houses convicted criminals and another housing women. There were also reports that women prisoners had been raped and several fires broke out around the complex.

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