Police recapture escaped terror convicts

INDONESIA - The National Police have arrested two terror convicts who fled during a riot at Tanjung Gusta Penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra in July.

National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Wednesday that the police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad and the Riau Police arrested the two, identified as Nibras and Abdul Gani Siregar, at Pinggir sub-district, Bengkalis regency in Riau.

Agus said that the police located the escapees after receiving a tip-off from local residents.

"The two were hiding near a village. They had been living rough and asked for water from local residents. The locals were suspicious and reported them to the police," he said.

Nibras and Abdul were sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment for taking part in the CIMB Niaga Bank robbery in Medan and the attack at Hamparan Perak Police sub-precinct in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra in 2010.

The two are among the 218 inmates who escaped the overcrowded prison on July 11 following a protest against poor facilities and a stricter remissions policy.