Most Indonesia jail escapees recaptured

2013-08-19 12:07


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Medan - Security forces have retaken control of an overcrowded prison in western Indonesia following a riot, and have recaptured most of the estimated 30 convicts who escaped.

Local police chief Lieutenant Colonel Japerson Sinaga says about 350 officers and soldiers have been deployed around Labuhan Ruku facility in North Sumatra's Batubara district. A riot and fire broke out there on Sunday afternoon, and around 30 inmates escaped. The exact number missing was still being determined.

The police chief said 23 escaped inmates have been captured. The riot erupted due to overcrowding after more prisoners were transferred to the facility, which is designed to hold 300 prisoners but houses more than 850.

About 26 female prisoners have been moved to another jail. A pregnant woman was rushed to a hospital after the riot.

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