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In pictures: Afghan prison riot

British troops patrol the perimeter of the Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan

British troops patrol the perimeter of the Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan, where a major uprising erupted on Saturday night.

Afghan troops and police arrive at Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan troops and police arrive on the scene and surround the jail, which contains Taleban and al-Qaeda convicts as well as ordinary criminals.

An Afghan soldier outside Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan

They came prepared for trouble. Gunfire has been heard from within the prison complex even as negotiations between the authorities and rioters continue.

Relatives of Afghan prisoners outside the Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan

Relatives of the prisoners - who started protesting about uniforms, then burned furniture and launched apparent escape attempts - gather outside to watch unfolding events.

Guards outside the Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan

Pul-e-Charkhi, a huge prison complex built in the 1970s, is notoriously run down and infamous for the disappearance of thousands of Afghans during the communist era.





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