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Afghanistan says 88 prisoners to be freed, despite US concern

Afghanistan will release 88 prisoners as planned even though the United States considers them dangerous and wants them to remain in detention, the board reviewing their cases told Reuters.

 

The prisoners are being held at a jail at the Bagram air base north of Kabul. The United States only recently transferred the prison

to Afghan control after it had become a serious source of tension with the Afghan government.

 

President Hamid Karzai instructed Afghan intelligence officials to provide the review board with more evidence against the prisoners, after the United States said there was proof of their involvement in the killing of foreign troops and they posed a serious threat to security. (Reuters)