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Indonesia hunts scores of inmates after jailbreak

AFP  |  Medan (Indonesia) 

At least 100 prisoners are on the run from an Indonesian jail, authorities said Thursday, after the Southeast Asian nation's second mass escape in less than a week.

Prisoners fled the from the jail for narcotics convicts in province Thursday after starting a fire in response to complaints about the treatment of a fellow prisoner, authorities said.

"They were angry and burned officers' motorbikes," said Solden, a local resident who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Hundreds of inmates intially escaped from the detention centre, but most were soon recaptured.

At least 100 others are still at large.

"They should surrender and serve the remainder of their sentences," police said.

"Running away won't solve the problem -- it will only create more problems," he added.

Thursday's jailbreak comes after more than 100 inmates escaped Saturday from another jail in Sumatra following a riot that broke out after guards beat several inmates who were caught using methamphetamine.

Three detainees suffered stab wounds and a was shot during the rioting, the local health office told AFP.

Some prisoners were recaptured but dozens are still on the run, authorities said.

Jailbreaks are not uncommon in where inmates are often held in crowded, unsanitary conditions.

There was a spate of breakouts in 2013, including one where about 150 prisoners -- including terror convicts -- escaped from a jail.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 20:21 IST