Six killed in Indonesia prison riot

May 10, 2018, 11:17
Six killed in Indonesia prison riot

A deadly riot involving terrorism suspects inside a high-security detention center outside Indonesia's capital stretched into Wednesday evening, officials said, and the media arm of the Islamic State claimed its loyalists were holding hostages there.

But a recent spate of attacks inspired by Islamic State prompted authorities to more than double its strength to 1,300 late a year ago.

Authorities said the prisoners had armed themselves with about 30 weapons, including long-range rifles, taken from officers and a storage area in the jail for weapons confiscated during police operations. "But if there is a threat to officers or others, we will take very strong action", he said, adding that the hostage was reported to be safe and the officers' bodies have been transferred to a nearby hospital. The prison houses a large number of militant inmates.

He said an inmate who was fatally shot after grabbing weapons and threatening officers.

"I can say that the negotiation process is still ongoing. In the strikes, the remaining 10 militants surrendered so that all the 155 terrorist inmates give up their fight", the minister said.

But a link to Islamist terrorists was made after a publication of the Islamic State group's Amaq News Agency. The police should also intensify the monitoring system in detention centers All detention centers must have more training programs in terms of spirituality and skills for the inmates.

The counter-terrorism squad has won global praise for breaking up militant cells in the world's largest Muslim-majority country in the years since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The world's most populous Muslim nation Indonesia has carried a lot of crackdown on militants since Bali bombing in 2002.

The network was neutralized following the arrests of hundreds of its militants and leaders.

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