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About 200 Indonesian prisoners in mass jailbreak

Sumatra Island Indonesia Sumatra Island Indonesia
Christy Curtis | 09 May, 2017, 03:14

Indonesian authorities have been hunting around 200 prisoners who broke out from an overcrowded jail on Sumatra island.

The prisoners broke out after pulling down a gate near a mosque located inside the prison complex shortly after Friday prayers.

Tejo said four of the recaptured inmates were apprehended by police late Friday about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the prison on a bus heading for neighboring West Sumatra province. "I want to throw them in prison so they will know how it feels [to be inside]", the justice minister said.

Citizens around the prison panicked and tried to help the police arrest the prisoners who ran to residential and plantation areas.

More than a thousand inmates who did not escape the prison were refusing to return to their cells unless the head guard was replaced.

A prison guard stand beside prisoners who escaped from the Sialang Bungkuk jail in Pekanbaru, on Indonesia's Sumatra island, May 6, 2017, in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

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Authorities launched a massive manhunt and about half had been recaptured by Saturday evening, but security forces were still hunting for the rest, local police spokesman Guntur Aryo Tejo said.

Ferdinand Siagian, from the region's law ministry, said that the jail had only five or six guards on duty for almost 1,900 inmates, in a prison supposed to hold only 300.

The prison has a capacity of 300 inmates but had housed 1,800 or a 500 percent overcapacity.

There was a spate of breakouts in 2013, including one where about 150 prisoners - including terror convicts - escaped from a jail.

Jailbreaks are common in Indonesia, where inmates are often held in unsanitary conditions at overcrowded prisons.

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