Taliban prisoners on hunger strike in Kandahar

AP News
Posted: Nov 09, 2009 3:17 AM

About 350 Taliban prisoners are on a hunger strike at a prison in Kandahar and a delegation from the Ministry of Justice is going to the lockup in southern Afghanistan to investigate their complaints.

Mohammad Shafiq, one of the prisoners, says the inmates began the hunger strike Sunday evening. They are complaining about poor food, water and health care.

A Justice Ministry official says a delegation is trying to determine what prompted the hunger strike.