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Guantanamo suicides: US identifies detainees

US military officials earlier said that two Saudis and one Yemeni had taken their lives.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 12:32 IST

The US Defence Department has released the identities of three Guantanamo detainees who committed suicide -- alleging one had ties to al-Qaida, another fought for the Taliban and a third was cleared for transfer to the custody of another country.

Saudi Arabians Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi and Yassar Talal Al-Zahrani -- identified earlier by Saudi officials -- and Yemeni Ali Abdullah Ahmed, were the prisoners who hung themselves by nooses made from sheets and clothing early on Saturday, the department said in a statement released to presspersons.

US military officials earlier said that two Saudis and one Yemeni had taken their lives.

About 460 people are being held at the Guantanamo camp on suspicion of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. Only 10 detainees have been charged and many claim they were not involved in al-Qaida or were low-level Taliban members who never intended to harm the United States.