5 police killed during Islamist riot in prison near Jakarta

INDONESIAN authorities said on Thursday that Islamist terror detainees had surrendered after a standoff that lasted almost two days at a high security detention centre near the capital Jakarta.

Hundreds of police and armoured vehicles were deployed to rescue a police officer taken hostage by inmates after chaos erupted late Tuesday at the facility inside the Mobile Police Brigade headquarters in Depok, leaving five officers and an inmate dead.

Officials deemed the incident an “act of terror” and said that the officers had been “sadistically killed” by the detainees, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. “We have minimised the number of victims,” deputy chief of national police Syafruddin told reporters.

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In the pre-dawn operation, 145 prisoners “surrendered unconditionally” and the hostage was released with no further casualties reported,…

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