Afghan Dies in Apparent Suicide at Guantanamo

Al-qaeda suspect found dead in cell
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2011 4:08 AM CDT
A guard checks on detainees in a cell block at Camp 6 in the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Around 170 detainees are still being held at Guantanamo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An Afghan detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison has died in an an apparent suicide, the sixth at the detention center since 2002. The prisoner, known only by the name Inayatullah, was not conscious or breathing when guards checked on him Wednesday morning, and they immediately tried to resuscitate him, the US military said in a statement. The apparent suicide is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The military would not immediately disclose any details about the circumstances of the death, including the method of the apparent suicide or in which section of Guantanamo the prisoner was detained. Inayatullah had been held without charge at Guantanamo since September 2007. The military said he was an admitted planner for al-Qaeda terrorist operations and had acknowledged facilitating the movement of foreign fighters.

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