Indonesia: Most inmates recaptured after prison break

Monday, 8 May 2017

Indonesian security forces have rounded up most of the inmates who escaped during a mass breakout from an overcrowded prison on Sumatra island, police said.

About 200 inmates broke out of the jail in Pekanbaru, on Sumatra island, after they were let out of their cells to pray on Friday.

Almost 80 were quickly recaptured after the incident, and on Saturday the majority had been rounded up, officials said.

“So far, 171 inmates have been recaptured or surrendered willingly, we are still unable to determine the exact number of the inmates who escaped,” local police spokesman Guntur Aryo Tejo told AFP news agency.