Five Dead in Indonesia's Sumatra Prison Break

Created: 2013-07-12 09:50 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific

About two-hundred prisoners escaped a maximum security prison in Indonesia's fourth largest city, Medan, late Thursday, (July 11) after a protest over a lack of water and electricity turned violent.

Police say five have been killed.

Soldiers and police officers have yet to track down many of the escaped convicts that fled when the fire broke inside the prison.

Chaos occurred because the water and electricity were off since 5 am, and by 5:30 pm the prisoners had broken through the main door, setting the prison on fire.

Fifteen of the Two-hundred escapees are believed to be "terrorists" with links to Toni Togar, currently serving a twenty-year sentence in another prison for a series of bombings in Sumatra in 2000.

The Medan prison held more than two-thousand-five-hundred inmates, putting its population nearly one-hundred-and-fifty percent above capacity.