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Indonesian police hunt 131 in prison breakout

Published on Jul 13, 2013 3:52 PM
 
Indonesian police hold a check point at the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces at Aceh Tamiang district, to search for escaped prisoners after a riot at Tanjung Gusta jail in Medan city on Friday, July 12, 2013. Indonesian police on Saturday, July 13, 2013, expanded their search for 131 inmates, including four militants, who escaped from an overcrowded jail during a riot that left five dead, a spokesman said. -- PHOTO: AFP

MEDAN (AFP) - Indonesian police on Saturday expanded their search for 131 inmates, including four militants, who escaped from an overcrowded jail during a riot that left five dead, a spokesman said.

Inmates began rampaging through the jail in Medan city on Sumatra island on Thursday, setting fires and hurling bottles at guards in anger over power cuts and water shortages at the prison.

The Tanjung Gusta jail was engulfed in towering flames, killing three inmates and two prison staff who were trapped in their office.

"We stepped up efforts by instructing all police forces across Sumatra island to carry out a massive hunt operation," said North Sumatra police spokesman Heru Prakoso.

 
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