An Afghan detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison has died in an apparent suicide.
The 37-year-old prisoner, identified only as Inayatullah, was accused of being an Al Qaeda member and housed at the controversial U.S. jail in Cuba.
Inayatullah, who had been held there since September 2007, was not breathing when found by guards on Wednesday and they failed to resuscitate him with CPR.
It comes two weeks after former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The Afghan told officials he was a planner for Al Qaeda terrorist operations and admitted he organised the movement of foreign fighters, military sources said.
He allegedly met with local operatives, developed travel routes and organised logistics to smuggle Al Qaeda members through Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Iraq.
Inayatullah is the eighth prisoner to die at the detention centre since January 2002, when the U.S. began using the Navy base to hold captured suspected terrorists.
Five other deaths were declared suicides and two others were from apparently natural causes. The cause of Inayatullah’s death has not been released.
Another Afghan prisoner, Awal Malim Gul – who was accused of being a Taliban commander and Al Qaeda associate – died at the detention centre in February.
Gul had been held without charge since October 2002 and died after working out on an exercise machine.
The camp has held nearly 800 foreign captives since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to oust Al-Qaeda’s Taliban protectors after 9/11. It now holds around 170 prisoners.
Inayatullah’s body is being treated with respect for Islamic culture and traditions and a cultural advisor is assisting officials to ensure this is done correctly, officials said. mailonline