Six killed in Indonesia prison riot

May 10, 2018, 06:43
Six killed in Indonesia prison riot

The prison houses a large number of militant inmates.

Negotiations were underway for the release of the hostage, said national police spokesperson Muhammad Iqbal.

Indonesian police have resolved a hostage crisis at a high-security jail on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, after almost all the Islamist prisoners involved had surrendered, the country's deputy police chief said on Thursday.

Iqbal said an inmate was fatally shot after grabbing weapons and threatening officers. A counterterrorism investigator said four police officers were wounded and were being treated at a hospital.

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One of the counter-terrorism officers shared that six officers were taken a hostage, five of them were killed and one being captive.

The riot began on Tuesday night when the guards refused to give an inmate food brought by his family which led the prisoner to urge other inmates to revolt, according to officials.

Police were negotiating with the prisoners, he said.

But a link to Islamist terrorists was made after a publication of the Islamic State group's Amaq News Agency.

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IS sympathizers have carried out a series of low level attacks in Indonesia in recent years.

"There are about 30 to 40 hardliners and inmates from JAD who provoked other inmates", Wasisto said. But new threats have emerged recently from Islamic State group-inspired radicals who have targeted security forces and local "infidels" instead of Westerners.

Even as the riot was unfolding, the Islamic State's media arm uploaded videos and photos that they claimed were from inside the detention center, showing executed hostages and detainees brandishing weapons, raising the black flag of the Islamic State and pledging allegiance to the group's leader.

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