Friday, May 19, 2006

4 attempted suicides and a riot ( Guantanamo )

Four detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre attempted suicide on Thursday, a US military spokesman has said.In a statement on Friday, the spokesman also said that inmates clashed with guards trying to stop a prisoner hanging himself.





The three other inmates took overdoses in attempting suicide.

Robert Durand, a spokesman for Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo, which runs the camp in Cuba, said on Friday that all four were being treated and their lives were not in danger. Durand said in a statement that JTF guards had responded to a disturbance in a medium-security part of the camp late on Thursday. "A detainee in Camp 4 was preparing to hang himself," he said.

He said that when the guard force entered the compound to intervene, some inmates "attempted to prevent them from rescuing the detainee by using fans, light fixtures and other items as improvised weapons. Minimum force was used to quell the disturbance and prevent the suicide".

The statement also said that, earlier in the day, "three detainees ingested prescription medications that apparently had been hoarded for this purpose".

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