Six killed in clashes between police and Islamists at Indonesia jail

Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

A riot has injured prisoners and some officers at a police detention center south of Indonesia's capital.

Six people have been killed in clashes between Indonesian police and Islamist militant prisoners at a high-security jail on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, two security sources say.

The Islamic State group's Amaq News Agency said its fighters took part in the riot late on Tuesday.

According to reports, the standoff developed into a hostage situation between inmates and prison officials at the National Police's Mobile Brigade Mako Brimob detention center in Depok, which houses imprisoned ISIL militants.

Iqbal denied that Islamic State was involved.

Authorities said it began when an inmate shouted and banged on the walls to protest a delay in getting food from his family that was being checked by officials.

Wasisto said a team of negotiators is still in talks with the terrorist inmates because they are in possession of several guns seized from police during the riot.

Police said they would hold a press conference later Wednesday. "We have to apply a persuasive approach, as the inmates are convicted terrorists, so special steps need to be undertaken".

Five ambulances had left the jail and arrived at a police hospital, where six orange body bags were placed on stretchers, independent news website Detikcom reported.

Police officers maintained tight security around the jail and kept onlookers away from the entrance. A group of Islamist militants planned to attack this detention center as well as other police stations across Depok.

Islamic State sympathizers have carried out a series of mostly low-level attacks in Indonesia over the past few years.

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