A number of Iraqi prisoners have been killed while attempting to break out of a prison in Baghdad, police say. One official said that a prison guard and at least eight inmates had been killed at the prison in the capital's northern district of Kadhimiya. The shootout began when an inmate grabbed a rifle from a warder and shot him dead, the police say. The US military authorities said that the incident was currently under investigation. On Sunday, the US said it would not hand over detainees to the Iraqi authorities until they raised levels of care in prison facilities.
An official said Iraq had to meet US standards a month after the discovery of 170 detainees at an interior ministry centre, some allegedly suffering from abuse and starvation. The alleged abuse discovered by US and Iraqi troops included electric shocks and the removal of finger nails.
Prison conditions in Iraq became a matter of controversy in the first months after the 2003 invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein, beginning with abuse scandals involving US military guards. Sunni Arabs say the latest alleged abuse was perpetrated by Shia sectarian militias who they say had been given control of interior ministry prisoners.
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