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Violence quelled after prison in Indonesia torched by inmates

Security forces have retaken control of a prison in Indonesia following a riot.

Aceh province official Edy Hardoyo said the riot began on Thursday when three inmates refused to be transferred to another prison.

Other inmates joined in the protest before it turned violent.

Angered inmates torched the Banda Aceh prison, which has a capacity to house 400 prisoners but now has more than 540.

No one was reported hurt in the riot.

Eight fire vehicles were mobilised to extinguish the blaze while hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed around the prison to prevent prisoners from escaping.

Riots and jailbreaks are common in Indonesia, where overcrowding has become a problem in prisons that are struggling to cope with poor funding.

AP

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