INDONESIA - Twelve inmates at a Batam prison overpowered a guard during a routine inspection on Wednesday morning, armed themselves with metal bars and smashed office windows to escape in the second prison break in Indonesia in a week.
Police rearrested one detainee a few hours later and are searching for the remaining 11.
"We have deployed officers to prevent them leaving Batam," Riau Islands police chief, Brigadier-General Endjang Sudrajat, told reporters after visiting the scene. "They are at sea ports and places that could be used for hiding and transiting," he added.
He said the incident happened when guards were changing shifts. A guard named Andi was about to lock a cell door after doing a routine check when he was attacked from behind and later punched in the face by a group of inmates.
The inmates grabbed the guard's keys and ran towards a metal gate separating the prison cells' area and the warden's office.
There, they attacked another guard, named Bachtiar, before making their way to the prison chief's office.
Using metal bars that they had obtained from one of the rooms, they prised open bars across a window, broke the glass and jumped out.
Data from the corrections directorate's database showed there were 310 detainees and 158 convicts at the detention centre, close to double its capacity of 250.