Thirty prisoners escape from Indonesian jail: Officials
LABUHAN RUKU, Indonesia (AFP) - About 30 prisoners escaped from an overcrowded jail on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Sunday after riots broke out, officials said.
"About 30 prisoners managed to escape," said Sutopo Berutu, head of Labuhan Ruku prison in North Sumatra province.
Said Akbar Hari, prisons spokesman at the justice ministry: "There was an attack by prisoners on prison staff at 5pm (1000 GMT), after which they also set the registration room and security post on fire.
"We are still investigating what spurred the attack." He did not know what offences the escapees had committed, although it was not a high-security jail.