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Hundreds Reported Killed In Pro-Taleban Prisoner Revolt - 2001-11-26


Witnesses say hundreds of pro-Taleban and al-Qaida prisoners-of-war are dead following an revolt in a Northern Alliance fortress prison.

The exact circumstances of the incident in the northern city of Mazer-e-Sharif remain unclear. But A-B-C News quotes U-S officials as saying an American affiliated with the Central Intelligence Agency was killed during the uprising.

U-S officials say the revolt began when mainly non-Afghan prisoners-of-war used weapons smuggled into the jail at Mazar-e-Sharif. The officials say the prisoners appeared to be on a suicide mission.

About 300 Chechens, Arabs, and Pakistanis linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network were being held at the fortress prison.

The Pentagon says the jail in the northern city of Mazer-e-Sharif is back under Northern Alliance control following a shootout with the prisoners and U-S airstrikes. The prisoners were captured Saturday in the city of Konduz.

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