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5 police, 1 inmate killed in Indonesia prison riot, police say

5 police, 1 inmate killed in Indonesia prison riot, police say

"This incident was just triggered by a trivial thing, about food from families", Iqbal told reporters outside the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade police in Depok.

A riot inside a high-security detention center outside Indonesia's capital, which includes holding areas for terrorism suspects, stretched for hours into Wednesday afternoon, officials said, and the media arm for the Islamic State claimed its loyalists were holding hostages there.

National police spokesman Muhamad Iqbal confirmed that officers and inmates had been injured, but denied anyone had died.

It claimed that 10 counter-terrorism counter officers have been killed.

He said a dispute had broken out late on Tuesday with prisoners who objected to authorities making checks on their food.

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The head of the police hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In an interview with MetroTV station, police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the inmates who provoked the riot were members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, a network of Indonesian extremist groups formed in 2015 that pledges allegiance to Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security affairs Wiranto said the operation to take over prison blocks controlled by the militants ended at 07:15 a.m. local time. Other inmates broke into the ammunition room and seized long-barreled weapons, leading to a shootout with counterterrorism officers, they said.

Security around the prison has been boosted and civilians are not allowed to get close to the entrance, according to the police. Some four police officers are being treated.

Islamic State sympathizers have carried out a series of mostly low-level attacks in Indonesia over the past few years.


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