Second Iraq prison camp disturbance in two weeks triggered by inmate murder

[JURIST] Twelve detainees were injured Thursday night when a fight broke out at the US Camp Bucca prison camp [Wikipedia entry; JURIST news archive] in southern Iraq triggered by the murder of an inmate. The US military confirmed the fight among detainees in a statement [US Central Command news release] and said that guards had since regained control of the camp compound. Guards were not attacked and no US casualities were reported. The incident follows a riot at the same camp two weeks ago [JURIST report] initially reported by a representative of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr after a US denial which was later reversed. Inmates, relatives and human rights groups have complained of overcrowding at Camp Bucca and other US-run Iraqi detention centers, especially since security sweeps done in advance of the January 30 elections. AFP has more.



 

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