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BAGHDAD — A 53-year-old prisoner has died of complications of an assault allegedly administered by other Abu Ghraib inmates, the U.S. military said Sunday.

According to a Multi-National Force-Iraq news release, the unnamed man died Saturday around 1:30 p.m. after being attacked by “an unknown number of detainees.” The man was taken to Task Force MED 344th, a U.S. Army unit that provides medical care to prisoners in military facilities. The assaulted prisoner was the one who reported the incident to guards, officials said.

“The detainee quit breathing at 11:50 a.m. and medical personnel administered CPR and inserted a breathing tube,” the release read. “An attending physician pronounced him dead at 1:20 p.m. after he failed to respond to aggressive medical treatment.”

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command — known commonly as CID — will investigate the incident. Following protocols in place after any detainee death, the man’s body will be returned to his family after an autopsy is completed, officials said.

Abu Ghraib is notorious as the prison in which U.S. soldiers were photographed humiliating and abusing prisoners. U.S. officials have said it will be closed — as early as this spring – and handed back to Iraqi control. Three other U.S. prisons in other parts of Iraq have been expanded or built to handle the prisoners transferred from Abu Ghraib.

There are currently more than 14,000 prisoners in U.S. military custody in Iraq, according to the U.S. command.


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