Islamist prisoners hold officer hostage after killing 5 in clash

10 May, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Detainee Uprising Outside Jakarta Is Claimed by Islamic State

The riot broke out when an inmate complained over security checks to a food package he received, Iqbal said, without giving details.

Hours before the operation, the police freed an anti-terror squad member who had been taken hostage during the riot after agreeing to comply with the terrorists' demand of food, national police spokesman Brigadier Gen. Setyo Wasisto said.

Officials say five officers and one prisoner have been killed in a riot at a police detention center in a city near Indonesia's capital that authorities allege was earlier being targeted by Islamic militants.

The Mobile Police Brigade (Brimob) headquarters is located in Depok, south of Jakarta, and houses a number of Islamist militants in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. The prisoners are suspected of having taken weapons from the police who were killed.

In a message carried on its Amaq news agency, the Islamic State group (IS) claimed responsibility for the incident and said 10 counter-terrorism officers had been killed.

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. "We are still negotiating so that we don't have to go to the last resort", he said.

"If they surrender, it will be a non-violent process".

"Currently, the situation is under control", Iqbal said when met around Mako Brimob.

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

Clashes at the detention center came just one day after the National Police arrested three individuals in Bogor, also in West Java, for supposedly planning a string of attacks on police stations across the province.



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