DEPOK, Indonesia - A hostage crisis at a high-security jail in Indonesia ended on Thursday after Islamist militant prisoners who killed five police surrendered and released an officer they were holding, police said.
The five members of an elite counter-terrorism force had been "sadistically" killed by prisoners during the standoff at the jail on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, police said.
"We have minimized the number of victims. The operation ended at 7:15," Police Commissioner General Syafruddin told reporters.
Four police were injured and one inmate killed in the incident which began at the jail late on Tuesday.
It was the highest death toll suffered by the counter-terrorism police force, known as Detachment, or 'Densus', 88, which was set up in 2003 and received training and funding from Australia and the United States.
Syafruddin said the crisis was resolved with a "very soft approach", though earlier on Thursday a Reuters witness had heard several blasts at the jail.