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Jailbreak in Indonesia after fatal riot and fire

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Jailbreak in Indonesia after fatal riot and fire


Police in Indonesia are battling with the aftermath of a prison riot and fire which left five people dead and enabled dozens of inmates to escape.

Up to 200 prisoners including some convicted of terrorist offences are said to have broken out. Thousands of police have been deployed around the jail and across the region to track them down.

Trouble broke out on Thursday at the prison in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra and one of the country’s largest cities. Inmates protested after a power cut interrupted water supplies and set the jail on fire, holding some prison officers hostage for a while. Three of those killed were prison staff; two were inmates.

By Friday morning the scale of the damage was evident. Tension remains high as prisoners could be seen peering out from amid the ruins at the police outside. The authorities have called on them to give themselves up and enable a planned evacuation to take place.

The jail is said to have contained some 2,500 prisoners, many more than its official capacity allows for.

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