Indonesian police say injuries in clashes at high-security jail

Lydia FlemingMay 10, 2018

A hostage crisis involving Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail outside Jakarta has been resolved almost two days after a deadly riot broke out at the prison, Indonesian officials said Thursday.

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

Islamic State, via its Amaq News Agency, claimed that the terrorist group's fighters "have engaged in a clash with Indonesian anti-terrorism police inside a prison in Jakarta" in a message sent out via the Telegram app that was translated from Arabic and picked up by the Site Intelligence Group.

Three ISIL suspects had been arrested four days before the riot by police, who said they were plotting to attack the police force's headquarters in Jakarta.

Iqbal said an inmate was fatally shot after grabbing weapons and threatening officers.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident and said that 10 counter-terrorism officers had been killed.

Police had denied that Islamic State was involved and said a dispute had broken out over checks by prison authorities of prisoners' food.

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He said police were still negotiating with the prisoners.

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.

Some of inmates seized guns from the ammunition room and held a police officer hostage. "We can not be rash because it involves national security", Wiranto explained.

Authorities said it 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.

Police officers maintained tight security around the jail on Wednesday (local time) and kept onlookers away from the entrance.

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

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