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Kabul Korrespondence

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Stress, a common cause of Cancer........

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Guantanamo prisoner dies of cancer

The US has drawn international criticism for holding foreign captives for years without charge [AFP]
An Afghan detainee has died from cancer at US naval base prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, US authorities have said.

Abdul Razzak, 68, who was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for colorectal cancer, was pronounced dead by a doctor at the base on Sunday morning, the US military said in a statement.

He was the fifth prisoner to die in captivity since the detention and interrogation camp opened in 2002, Commander Rick Haupt, a spokesman for the military's Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said.

The other four deaths at Guantanamo, which currently holds about 290 prisoners, were the result of apparent suicides, according to the US military.

Haupt said Razzak was detained in Afghanistan in January 2003 and was a "committed jihadist", then aged 64.
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