According to some reports, the prisoners set a match to mattresses after searches, during which the prison guard withdrew mobile phones and medical drugs. The prisoners also protested against improper, according to them, incarceration conditions.
Deputy Interior Minister Ahmed Ali al-Khafaji said that fire had been extinguished and the situation was under control. According to him, during disorders some officers were injured, the prisoners came to no harm.
According to the US militaries’ data, the prisoners tried to escape from prison under the lee of fire bustle, however they failed to do it - in consequence of conflicts with guards three prisoners and three guards were injured.
Abu Ghraib prison gained mournful fame in 2003 owing to the publication of a number of photos, where scenes of humiliating treatment of Iraqi prisoners were imprinted. In 2004 in the course of investigation of the American guards’ humiliations of the Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison nine sergeants and one soldier of the United States Army were found guilty. Some of them were dismissed; the others were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.