Thursday, 27 February 2020

130 Terrorist Convicts at Mako Brimob Yet Surrender

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  • Indonesian Police officers walk past roadblock outside the headquarters of elite police force Mobile Brigade, following a prison riot inside the compound in Depok, West Java, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. A counterterrorism investigator said in a text message that six officers had been taken hostage by the inmates, and five of them were killed. One other officer was still being held captive.  AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

    Indonesian Police officers walk past roadblock outside the headquarters of elite police force Mobile Brigade, following a prison riot inside the compound in Depok, West Java, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. A counterterrorism investigator said in a text message that six officers had been taken hostage by the inmates, and five of them were killed. One other officer was still being held captive. AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Mohammad Iqbal revealed that 130 convicted terrorist inmates at the Police Mobile Brigade detention center (Mako Brimob) have refused to surrender.

    In addition to holding a hostage, the terrorists have stolen six guns from prison guards and taken control of cell block A, B, and C.

    Read: Prison Riot Kills 5 Policemen, One Held Hostage

    As previously reported, the inmates held six Brimob personnel as hostages. Only one is left alive. 

    According to a police officer, the five hostages, who died during the prison riot, were 2nd Brigadier Wahyu Catur Pamungkas, 2nd Brigadier Syukron Fadhli, 2nd Inspector Rospuji, Chief Brigadier Denny, and 1st Brigadier Fandi.

    Iqbal revealed that Chief Brigadier Iwan Sarjana that has been held hostage is alive and in a good condition. “[We received information] an hour ago that Iwan Sarjana is in good health,” he said.

    Read: DPR Calls for Evaluation following Brimob Prison Riot

    Police are currently negotiating with the terrorism convicts, despite the fact that they have killed five police officers during the riot. “We don’t want to cause more deaths and we respect their human rights,” said Iqbal.

    Police have not yet overcome the riot that broke out at Mako Brimob on Tuesday evening, which was sparked by an examination of a meal sent to an inmate. 

    IRSYAN HASYIM