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Indonesia prison break: Some 200 inmates on the loose

Published on Jul 11, 2013 11:58 PM
 
This screen grab from Metrotvnews.com shows a prison complex in Medan, North Sumatra engulfed in fire. A major riot broke out at the prison at sunset on Thursday during a power blackout. Officials said around 200 inmates ran free after they set fire to the complex. -- PHOTO: METRO TV  

A MAJOR riot broke out at a prison complex in Medan, North Sumatra, at sunset on Thursday during a power blackout, with officials saying around 200 inmates ran free as fires they lit continued to engulf parts of the complex for several hours.

Mr Akbar Hadi Prabowo, the chief spokesman for Indonesia's directorate-general of corrections, told The Straits Times shortly after 10pm that the fire had been put out.

Officers and police quickly sealed off the area, he said, adding that they were unable to ascertain as yet the exact number that escaped.

The Tanjung Gusta penitentiary housed 2,600 inmates in all, more than double its capacity of 1,054, he added.

 
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