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Indonesia searches for scores of inmates after jailbreak

Indonesia searches for scores of inmates after jailbreak

Police have captured 219 prisoners so far, but hundreds remain at a large.

Nearly 80 were quickly recaptured after the incident, which occurred when prison guards allowed inmates to take part in Friday prayers in the Muslim-majority nation.

A manhunt is under way in Indonesia's Sumatria island after scores of prisoners escaped from an overcrowded jail.

Indonesian authorities also ordered the firing of the prison's head and the reshuffle of more prison officials.

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The incident happened while some people were attending a prayer service, reports Reuters, with inmates seizing the opportunity to tear down a security gate near the prison mosque. Families of inmates imprisoned in the Sialang Bungkuk prison said discrimination, extortion and other illicit practices rampantly persisted in the prison.

Tejo said authorities had initially given incorrect information about the number involved in the breakout due to a "chaotic" situation, adding that the figure was revised up after a meeting of officials on Saturday.

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Local television showed dozens of men running from the prison and some being captured by police.

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Prison guards allegedly asked for money during family visits and for payment if inmates wanted "a more convenient room at the prison house", state media reported.

"It seemed that numerous inmates alleged that there was discrimination in treatment of those accused of general crimes compared to special ones", Tejo said, referring to officials and others accused of corruption who allegedly received better treatment.

In the capital Jakarta, national police spokesman, Brigadier General Rikwanto, said the jailbreak was sparked by overcrowding.

Laoly said his office has repeatedly warned against prison guards to stop extortion practices in prison.

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