Indonesian police hunt 131 in prison breakout
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.