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Afghan Official Says Prison Riot Over

(epa) 1 March 2006 -- Officials say a violent prison siege in Afghanistan ended today after all 1,300 prisoners were moved to a new jail block under police control.

Deputy Justice Minister Mohammad Qasem Hashemzai told reporters today that Afghan authorities are in full control of the prison.

Up to five people died in the unrest, led by Taliban prisoners at Pol-e Charkhi Prison on Kabul's outskirts. The disturbance erupted on 25 February after prisoners were issued uniforms to prevent a repeat of a January escape by seven Taliban inmates who mingled with visitors.

(AP, Reuters)