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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Indonesian police storm Bali prison after riot


BALI, Indonesia (AP): Security forces stormed a prison on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Wednesday after rioting inmates temporarily took control of the facility, setting fires and throwing rocks at guards. At least three inmates were wounded.
The violence erupted Tuesday night at the Kerobokan prison following the stabbing last week of an inmate.
Local police chief Maj. Gen. Totoy Herawan Indra said riot police and soldiers stormed the compound early Wednesday as hundreds of heavily armed security forces surrounded the perimeter.
Indra said three prisoners wounded by rubber bullets were taken to Sanglah hospital.
Indonesian police evacuate an injured prisoner at Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Wednesday. - AP
He said soldiers and policemen were in full control of the prison following the 15-minute raid.
He said the prison's security personnel had left behind about 30 guns, but security forces have recovered all of them and none had been taken by rioting prisoners.
The prison has around 1,000 inmates, including dozens of foreigners. Those include members of an Australian drug smuggling ring who Australian media have dubbed the "Bali Nine."
Indra said foreign prisoners were neither involved nor injured in the rioting.
Hundreds of onlookers, including some foreign tourists, gathered around the prison, to see what was happening.
Two water cannons and six truckloads of troops are deployed to secure the prisons, witnesses said.

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