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Ten terror suspects are among more than 100 inmates who escaped from a high-security Indonesian prison in northern Sumatra overnight after a riot and fire that killed five people.
Ten terror suspects are among more than 100 inmates who escaped overnight from a high-security Indonesian prison in northern Sumatra, after a riot and fire that killed five people.
According to Australia's ABC News, the riot began when a protest over a lack of water and electricity turned violent at the Tanjung Gusta maximum-security prison in Medan, Indonesia's fourth-largest city.
The inmates broke out of their cells and set fire to an administrative room Thursday night, with 150 escaping.
The dead, including two prison guards, suffered severe burns, Medan police chief Nico Afinta told TVOne news channel.
Fairfax cited International Crisis Group senior adviser Sidney Jones as saying that 10 terror suspects were still on the loose on Friday.
Among the terror suspects was Fadly Sadama, 31, arrested in 2010 in Malaysia after trying to buy guns on the Thai-Malaysian border, Jones said.
He also was also linked to a number of robberies designed to fund a terrorist training camp in Aceh Province sponsored by radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, accused over the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.