30 prisoners escape as Labuhan Ruku jail on fire

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA News) - A total of 30 inmates escaped when fire and riot hit Labuhan Ruku penitentiary in North Sumatra on Sunday evening.

Head of Jail Division of North Sumatra`s office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Amran Silalahi said the prisoners escaped after scaling down the jail wall.

He said that the wall was about 2.80 meters high so that when the riot and fire took place, the inmates could easily flee the prison. "The causes of the riot and fire are still under investigation," he said.

The Labuhan Ruku prison only has a capacity of 250 inmates, but it accommodates some 874 prisoners.(*)