Six killed in clashes between police and Islamists at Indonesia jail

Six killed in clashes between police and Islamists at Indonesia jail

Six killed in clashes between police and Islamists at Indonesia jail

Police officer Iwan Sarjana was reportedly held captive by prison inmates and the police were allegedly in negotiations to defuse the situation.

"Five of our colleagues died.... one of our colleagues is still inside and being held hostage", Iqbal said, adding that the hostage was reported to be safe.

Officials say five officers and one prisoner have been killed in a riot at a police detention center in a city near Indonesia's capital that authorities allege was earlier being targeted by Islamic militants.

"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, using another acronym for Daesh.

Among the facility's prisoners is Aman Abdurrahman, an Islamic radical jailed for orchestrating an attack in Jakarta in 2016 that left eight people dead.


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

Brigadier General M. Iqbal, Head of the Public Information Bureau of the National Police Public Relations Division, when reviewing the scene on Wednesday morning, May 9, confirmed the steps already taken.

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.

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

IS sympathizers have carried out a series of low level attacks in Indonesia in recent years. A group of Islamist militants planned to attack this detention center as well as other police stations across Depok. In 2017 two suicide bombers killed three police and wounded 12 others at a Jakarta bus terminal.

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