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Australian juvenile prison ablaze in mass breakout attempt

IANS  |  Canberra 

A juvenile detention facility in has been set ablaze during an attempted mass breakout, police said on Wednesday.

The police deployed tear gas to contain a major disturbance at the Youth Detention Centre on Tuesday night after inmates who escaped from their cells set the facility's school on fire, reports

Rob Farmer, Police Deputy Superintendent, said that the incident began at 6.45 p.m. on Tuesday after an inmate stole a set of keys from a staff member and used them to release 24 fellow detainees.

The inmates were able to access accelerants that they used to start the fire as well as that were used to cut through the exterior fence.

"The youths had access to from the workshop and some were making attempts to cut fences using grinders," told reporters on Wednesday.

"(They) were also throwing batteries and other items at police around the perimeter fence.

The disturbance was resolved by 3 a.m. with 12 of the detainees taken into police custody.

The government has agreed to close after a into protection and detention of children uncovered evidence of "shocking and systemic failures" within the facility.



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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 14:04 IST