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Five dead, 150 prisoners escape in Indonesia prison riot

  • AFP, Jakarta
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  • Updated: Jul 12, 2013 09:03 IST

At least five people have been killed in violent riots at a jail in western Indonesia during which some 150 prisoners escaped, police said Friday.

"Three are prisoners, two are prison staff," said Heru Prakoso, North Sumatra province police spokesman, adding they died in fires at the facility.

Security forces were still struggling to regain control of the prison in Medan city on Sumatra island on Friday after riots erupted the previous day.

 

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