5 officers, 1 inmate dead in Indonesia detention center riot
May 9 at 2:54 AM
JAKARTA, Indonesia â" Five officers and one prisoner were killed in a riot at a police detention center in a city near Indonesiaâs capital that authorities allege was earlier being targeted by Islamic militants, an official said Wednesday.
The riot happened in Depok, on Jakartaâs southern outskirts, where four days earlier police arrested three Islamic militants they say planned to attack the headquarters and other police stations in the same town.
The Islamic State groupâs Amaq News Agency published a report saying the fighting that broke out at the prison late Tuesday was between its fighters and the counterterrorism squad.
A counterterrorism investigator said in a text message that six officers had been taken hostage by the inmates, and five of them were killed. One other officer was still being held captive.
Four police officers were inju red and were being treated at a hospital, said the investigator, who did not want to be named because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
Earlier in the day, national police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal told reporters outside the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade police in Depok that some people from both sides were injured, but didnât give a number and refused to provide more details.
Indonesian Police officers man a roadblock outside the headquarters of elite police force Mobile Brigade, following a prison riot inside the compound in Depok, West Java, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. A riot injured prisoners and some officers at a the police detention center south of Indonesiaâs capital, police said Wednesday. (Dita Alangkara/Associated Press)
Unconfirmed reports said the riot began when some terrorist detainees tried t o grab weapons from guards on the counterterrorism squad.
âIt was just triggered by a trivial thing, about food from families,â Iqbal said.
The inmates reportedly pushed an iron trellis until broken before taking long-barreled weapons and breaking through the ammunition room inside the detention building. That led to a shootout between the inmates and counterterrorism officers.
The rioting happened four days after the arrests of three Islamic militants who planned to attack the headquarters and other police stations in the same town.
Indonesia, the worldâs most populous Muslim nation, has carried out a sustained crackdown on Islamic militants since the 2002 Bali bombings by Jemaah Islamiyah network that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.
The network was neutralized following the arrests of hundreds of its militants and leaders. But new threats have emerged recently from Islamic State group-inspired radicals who have targeted security forc es and local âinfidelsâ instead of Westerners.
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