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Iran discloses names of 10 dead Afghan prisoners

Iran discloses names of 10 dead Afghan prisoners

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Mar 30, 2011 - 14:11

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Iranian officials have disclosed the names of 10 Afghan prisoners who died two weeks ago following a protest at a prison, an official said on Wednesday.

Hundreds of prisoners had protested at the Hisar jail in Karaj, on the outskirts of Tehran, on March 15.  About 80 were killed and wounded when prison guards retaliated, and 150 were later taken out of the prison to an unknown location, a credible Iranian source told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.

Ten of the dead were Afghan prisoners, he said. Ghulam Husain Husaini, Rahman, son of Abas, Mihrab and Waheed were residents of Kabul, Mohammad and Sher Afgha were from Tagab district of Kapisa, and Shams-u-din, Ahmad and Mohammad Sarwar were residents of Shindand district of Herat while Nazir Ahmad was from Herat city, the source added.

Deputy foreign affairs minister, Javed Lodin, said two days ago there were 5,000 Afghans in Iranian jails, and that 280 were on death row.

Faryad-i-Sabz, an Iranian website, citing the Faris government news agency, said the protesters were trying to break out of the prison and so smashed window-panes and the beat guards, but that security forces overpowered them.

The website said some of those who died had been injured in the fighting while others succumbed to the gas used by security personnel.

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