Jailbreak in Indonesia causes pure pandemonium

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Indonesia-Prison2Flames rose as the lit up Tanjun Gusta jail on the island of Sumatra was engulfed in an inferno with an estimated 200 inmates escaping after instigating a massive jailbreak on July 11.

It all began when a riot broke out in the jail after inmates started protesting due to a power outage and lack of running water.The prisoners banned together, outnumbering the staff, and started to smash open the doors of the warden’s office. The warden was met with a flurry of fists and rocks as the prisoners began to light the office on fire, starting with the furniture. Heaved stones and bottles rained  down and wallowed the cops, while 15 hostages were taken captive, five people shoot dead, with the violence escalating so much that the original government requests of two dozen soldiers were raised in order to calm the chaos. A massive manhunt has begun, with some prisoners deciding to stay behind in the fight to seize the prison, causing a standoff between officials who hope for compromise.

“We don’t like police, they are inhumane, they frequently beat us,” one of the prisoners shouted.

A North Sumatran police spokesman, Heru Prakoso said that negotiations will be held in order to dissolve the standoff and put an end to the ensuing mayhem.

“Five people, three prisoners and two prison staff, had been killed in the riots”

Around 1,000 police and soldiers were involved in a large-scale hunt around the area on Friday to try and find the remaining prisoners still on the loose. Among the inmates were a group of convicted terrorists, which has further intensified the worries of security forces and officials.

“The prison had been holding a total of 11 terror convicts,”

“They were jailed for involvement in militant training in Aceh province, where separatists fought a long struggle against the central government, and robbing a bank to fund terror activities, he said.”

He added that 55 escapees had so far been arrested after an all-night hunt in the area including three terror convicts.

“Ten civilian guards were briefly held hostage during the riots on Thursday but were released late in the evening.”

Prisoners are often placed in overcrowded and abysmal jails in Indonesia, with Tanjung Gusta holding well over double its official capacity with 1,054 inmates. The official capacity of the jail is 400.



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Flames rose as the lit up Tanjun Gusta jail on the island of Sumatra was engulfed in an inferno with an estimated 200 inmates escaping after instigating a massive jailbreak on July 11. It all began when a riot broke out in the jail after inmates started protesting due to a power outage and lack of running water.The prisoners banned together, outnumbering the staff, and started to smash open the doors of the warden’s office. The warden was met with a flurry of fists and rocks as the prisoners began to light the office on fire, starting with the furniture....

Indonesia-Prison2Flames rose as the lit up Tanjun Gusta jail on the island of Sumatra was engulfed in an inferno with an estimated 200 inmates escaping after instigating a massive jailbreak on July 11.

It all began when a riot broke out in the jail after inmates started protesting due to a power outage and lack of running water.The prisoners banned together, outnumbering the staff, and started to smash open the doors of the warden’s office. The warden was met with a flurry of fists and rocks as the prisoners began to light the office on fire, starting with the furniture. Heaved stones and bottles rained  down and wallowed the cops, while 15 hostages were taken captive, five people shoot dead, with the violence escalating so much that the original government requests of two dozen soldiers were raised in order to calm the chaos. A massive manhunt has begun, with some prisoners deciding to stay behind in the fight to seize the prison, causing a standoff between officials who hope for compromise.

“We don’t like police, they are inhumane, they frequently beat us,” one of the prisoners shouted.

A North Sumatran police spokesman, Heru Prakoso said that negotiations will be held in order to dissolve the standoff and put an end to the ensuing mayhem.

“Five people, three prisoners and two prison staff, had been killed in the riots”

Around 1,000 police and soldiers were involved in a large-scale hunt around the area on Friday to try and find the remaining prisoners still on the loose. Among the inmates were a group of convicted terrorists, which has further intensified the worries of security forces and officials.

“The prison had been holding a total of 11 terror convicts,”

“They were jailed for involvement in militant training in Aceh province, where separatists fought a long struggle against the central government, and robbing a bank to fund terror activities, he said.”

He added that 55 escapees had so far been arrested after an all-night hunt in the area including three terror convicts.

“Ten civilian guards were briefly held hostage during the riots on Thursday but were released late in the evening.”

Prisoners are often placed in overcrowded and abysmal jails in Indonesia, with Tanjung Gusta holding well over double its official capacity with 1,054 inmates. The official capacity of the jail is 400.



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