Deputy Justice Minister Mohammad Qasem Hashemzai said ambulances were removing the dead and injured from the Pol-e Charkhi prison. Twenty of the injured needed hospitalization. It is still unclear how the casualties were caused.
It is also now unclear whether the protesting inmates, who are thought to include members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, will release women and children from a neighboring prison wing into which they broke on 25 February, the first day of the uprising.
The negotiations appeared to produce signs of progress late on 26 February, with the chief negotiator in the crisis, Sebghattullah Mujaddadi, saying the prisoners -- believed to number around 1,300 -- had agreed to temporarily halt violence during the night.
Supplies of food, water, and electricity to the prison have been resumed.
Mujaddadi, the head of the government's reconciliation commission, told RFE/RL that the government could consider some of the prisoners' demands, but that many of them were impossible to satisfy. He said talks would continue tomorrow.
An RFE/RL reporter said that, as night fell, the atmosphere around the prison was calm. He quoted a high-ranking military official as saying that 800 troops will remain around the jail overnight.
(with material from agency reports)
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