Police officers stand guard outside Tanjung Gusta prison, which was set ablaze by inmates after a riot broke out, in Medan in North Sumatra. Photo: Reuters
JAKARTA: Five people were killed and dozens of prisoners including 10 terrorist suspects were on the run after a prison riot in Indonesia's North Sumatra province.
Inmates broke out of their cells and set fire to an administrative room in the Tanjung Gusta prison in the provincial capital Medan late on Thursday, following a power blackout that knocked out the water supply, Deputy Justice Minister Denny Indrayana said.
"The riot was triggered by the lack of electricity and water," he said on Friday.
International Crisis Group senior adviser Sidney Jones said 10 terror suspects were still on the loose as of Friday. Read more ......