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A prisoner at the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, cut his throat with his own fingernail last month, causing a substantial loss of blood, but was never at risk of death, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

“He did in fact use a sharpened fingernail,” Cmdr. Andrew Haynes, the deputy commander of the guard force, told reporters on a tour of the camp, the Times reported.

Haynes said there had been four to six occurrences in the last two months in which detainees harmed themselves, a rate that he said was consistent with recent experience, the paper reported.

The incident occurred in early November but was not disclosed at the time, the Times reported. Responding to questions from reporters, Haynes confirmed that the detainee had intentionally injured himself while in the shower, saying he had been stopped because of “the vigilance of the guard force.” He did not describe how the detainee had sharpened his nail.

Senior military medical officers said there had been “a lot of bleeding” from the wound, which one said had required stitches to close. They classified the occurrence as a “suicidal gesture,” a category that falls short of what they deem suicide attempts, the Times wrote.


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