File - This is a 2003 image obtained by The Associated Press which shows an unidentified detainee standing on a box with a bag on his head and wires attached to him in late 2003 at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.The prison is located on Baghdad's outskirts at the edge of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province, an area that sees frequent clashes between an al-Qaida-splinter group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, and government forces and their Sunni tribal militias.Justice Minister Hassan al-Shimmari announced the closure on Tuesday, saying Abu Ghraib's 2,400 inmates have been transferred to other prisons in central and northern Iraq. Five soldiers and three police officers were killed, and 14 people wounded, said a police official.
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