Terror alert as Guantanamo Bay evacuated over bomb threat
January 26, 2016   By:    Guantanamo   Comments are off   //   571 Views

A SUSPICIOUS package has been found on the Guantanamo Bay naval base which is home to the notorious US-run military prison.


The Navy Exchange in Cuba was evacuated after the package was discovered at around 2:30pm local time, according to insiders.

More than 90 terror suspects are held at the detention camp – with the final British prisoner, Shaker Aamer, released late last year.

The base also houses several shops and restaurants, including fast food chains McDonald’s, Subway and Taco Bell.

A spokesman for the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay said: “The Navy Exchange has been evacuated and there is no danger to the public.

“Explosive Ordnance Units are on route to conduct test. The Navy Exchange is secured until further notice.

“Please remain clear of the Exchange until further notice.”

Prison officer at the Guantanamo Bay prison

Barack Obama has repeatedly vowed to close the facility

Barack Obama has repeatedly vowed to close the prison since campaigning to become President in 2008.

During campaigning he branded the facility, which opened in January 2002, a “sad chapter in American history”.

And earlier this month the White House Chief of Staff promised Mr Obama would shut the prison before he leaves office this year.

Prison officers at the Guantanamo Bay prison

British prisoner Shaker Aamer was released last October

Mr Aamer opened up about his “completely inhumane” treatment at the detention camp last month. 

He said he was forced to drink raw sewage during a hunger strike, saying “It was worse than the beating as well.

“Worse than everything, just thinking of my daughter… and I just sat there, silent completely. And [for] three, four days I didn’t say a word.”

Activists urge the US to close down Guantanamo Bay

American activists urging the government to close the prison

David Cameron has also backed calls to shut the camp, saying: “I think it’s important for the global campaign against violent extremism that that happens.”

Speaking about Aamer’s release, he said: “I think it’s important for the global campaign against violent extremism that that happens.

“And so Britain should play our part with people who have a connection to Britain which Shaker Aamer does.”


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