Inmates, officers hurt in Indonesia prison riot

Detainee Uprising Outside Jakarta Is Claimed by Islamic State

Detainee Uprising Outside Jakarta Is Claimed by Islamic State

The police force confirmed that five officers died along with one prisoner.

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.

At least five counter-terrorism police have been killed and one is being held hostage by Islamist militants in clashes at a jail outside Jakarta, Indonesia.

According to reports, the standoff developed into a hostage situation between inmates and prison officials at the National Police's Mobile Brigade Mako Brimob detention center in Depok, which houses imprisoned ISIL militants.

But a link to Islamist terrorists was made after a publication of the Islamic State group's Amaq News Agency.

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The clash was triggered by the objection of the inmates to the prison's authorities making checks on food being brought to them, the spokesman said. He said police were still negotiating with the prisoners. "We will present the details of the matter later when we can handle it", he said. "We have to apply a persuasive approach, as the inmates are convicted terrorists, so special steps need to be undertaken".

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

The network of about two dozen groups has been implicated in a number of attacks in Indonesia over the past year.

It comes several days after the arrest of three terror suspects accused of plotting to attack the police headquarters and other facilities in the same area.

In January 2016, four Islamic State-linked militants mounted a gun-and-bomb attack at a busy intersection outside a Starbucks cafe in central Jakarta, killing themselves and four others.

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