Weapon used to quell Gitmo disturbance identified

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 6:04 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman has identified the type of weapon used to quell a disturbance early this year involving prisoners at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Army Lt. Col. Joseph Todd Breasseale said Thursday that a prison guard fired what is known as a "crowd-dispersal round" during the incident. The "M-103 non-lethal round" is fired from a modified shotgun and contains 18 rubber pellets, each about the size of a blueberry.

A prisoner was struck when a guard opened fire Jan. 2 after one inmate tried to climb a fence and others threw rocks at a guard tower. It was not known if the prisoner was hit directly or by ricochet. The military says there were no major injuries.

A prison spokesman earlier declined to identify the weapon.

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