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Pentagon Reports New Guantanamo Suicide Attempts

The Pentagon reported on Wednesday two new suicide attempts by prisoners held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, expressing fresh concern as the total number of suicide tries reached 27. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Burfeind, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in the past 10 days one detainee attempted to kill himself for the first time, while another made a repeat attempt. She said neither man was injured and both received medical and mental evaluation. Burfeind said 18 detainees have tried to kill themselves — most by hanging — and that there were 27 total attempts by these detainees since the Guantanamo facility was opened in January 2002. She said there were numerous repeat suicide attempts, and some may have tried more than twice. Roughly 680 prisoners are being held at Guantanamo. “There’s definitely concern in terms of reducing the number of attempts,” Burfeind said. “It’s not an easy situation.” No one has died, although one detainee who attempted suicide has been hospitalized for months. Full Story

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