Detainees, officers hurt in Indonesia detention center riot

Gen. Mohammad Iqbal, a National Police spokesman, told reporters that the riot erupted late Tuesday at the detention center, which is inside the local headquarters of the National Police Mobile Brigade, a paramilitary police unit, in Depok, West Java Province.

Islamist militants killed five police at a high-security Indonesian prison and were holding one hostage on Wednesday following clashes at the jail on the outskirts of Jakarta, police said.

In a message carried on its Amaq news agency, the Islamic State group (IS) claimed responsibility for the incident and said 10 counter-terrorism officers had been killed.

Authorities said the riot began when an inmate shouted and banged on the walls to protest a delay in getting food from his family that was being checked by officials.

The police said that five guards and one detainee had been killed in the riot.


However, Iqbal denied the IS was behind the attack or that it had been planned.

Security around the prison has been boosted and civilians are not allowed to get close to the entrance, according to the police. "We have to apply a persuasive approach, as the inmates are convicted terrorists, so special steps need to be undertaken".

"One of our colleagues is still inside, held hostage", Iqbal said, adding that the situation is under control and negotiations continue. Some four police officers are being treated. This is the same detention centre where three Islamic militants were detained for allegedly planning an attack on headquarters and police stations in Depok.

Last year, an attack by two suicide bombers, using pressure cookers packed with explosives, killed three police and wounded 12 at a Jakarta bus terminal.


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