South African, Portuguese nationals die in Tangerang Prison blaze

South African, Portuguese nationals die in Tangerang Prison blaze

Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly reviews the Class 1 Prison of Tangerang, Banten, after the fire incident on September 8, 2021. (ANTARA/HO-Public Relations Bureau of Law and Human Rights Ministry/uyu)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - As many as two foreigners were among the inmates, who lost their lives in a fire that erupted in the Class 1 Prison of Tangerang, Banten.

"Two of the victims were foreigners from South Africa and Portugal," Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly noted in a written statement received here on Wednesday.

Laoly remarked that the ministry will coordinate with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the respective embassies of the victims regarding the funeral process.

According to the report, the minister noted that a total of 41 inmates had died in the incident, comprising one terror detainee and one homicide prisoner, while the rest were narcotics convicts, including two foreigners.

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Furthermore, the corpses have been placed at the Tangerang District Regional Hospital (RSUD) and will be moved to the Kramat Jati National Police Hospital for further identification.

In addition, eight victims suffered severe injuries and were treated at the Tangerang RSUD and Sitanala Hospital, while 72 people suffered mild injuries and were nursed at the prison clinic, Head of Jakarta Metro Jaya Regional Police Inspector General Fadil Imran stated.

The blaze occurred at one of the residential blocks of the Class 1 Prison of Tangerang at 1:45 Indonesian Western Time on Wednesday morning. The firefighters successfully extinguished the blaze by around 3:15 local time.

The prison block was Chandiri Nengga 2 (C2) that was inhabited by 122 inmates. The fire was supposedly caused by an electrical short circuit.

The Jakarta Metro Jaya Regional Police will conduct further investigation regarding the cause of the incident at the regional prison that houses 2,072 convicts.

Meanwhile, Head of the Public Relations Bureau of the ministry Tubagus Erif Faturahman has stated that the families of the inmates can obtain further information by contacting the crisis center at 081213726370.

"The number is only to serve the family," he remarked.

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