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Indonesian Police Win Control of Bali Jail After Night of Riots

February 22, 2012

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Hundreds of police regained control of a jail on the Indonesian resort island of Bali after rioting inmates started fires and battled with guards.

The violence began late yesterday in Kerobokan jail in the island’s capital of Denpasar when a prisoner discovered that a knife he’d been stabbed with during a fight went missing and he confronted a warden, Saud Usman Nasution, the nation’s police spokesman, said today by phone from Jakarta.

“The man was provoked by his fellow inmates to start a fight,” said Nasution. Eight hundred police officers were sent into the prison, which houses more than a thousand convicts, he said, adding that three inmates were injured during the riot.

Fire engines and water cannon were used to douse fires in the warden’s office, police said in a statement posted on the force’s website. Only 30 police remained at the jail, Nasution said.

--Editors: Mark Williams, John Brinsley

To contact the reporter on this story: Fitri Wulandari in Jakarta at fwulandari@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net


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