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Indonesia ends militant jail siege after five officers 'sadistically' killed

10 May 2018, 01:25 | Lowell Little

Six Dead in Depok Prison Riot

Detainee Uprising Outside Jakarta Is Claimed by Islamic State

A counterterrorism investigator said in a text message that six officers had been taken hostage by the inmates, and five of them were killed.

Funerals were held on Thursday for the police victims, including one officer who had recently become a father, media said.

One convicted terrorist had also been killed in clashes at the jail in Depok, on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, national police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal told reporters.

The jail in the Mobile Police Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Depok houses high-risk terrorism convicts, as well as Jakarta's former governor, Ahok.

Despite the situation, Iqbal asserted that police were in full control of the situation and that negotiations were still being carried out in order to save the captive officer.

Among the facility's prisoners is Aman Abdurrahman, an Islamic radical jailed for orchestrating an attack in Jakarta in 2016 that left eight people dead. However, there seems to exist no link between the failed terrorist attack and the clash between inmates and police at the Depok detention center.




Chief security minister Wiranto said the incident was being treated "very carefully because it concerns national security".

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

Mr Iqbal said a dispute had broken out with prisoners who objected to authorities making checks on food being brought into them.

"We are in the process of handling the situation", Syafruddin said.

In 2017 two suicide bombers killed three police and wounded 12 others at a Jakarta bus terminal.

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



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