Jakata: Police Officers Injured as Inmates Take Control of Gorontalo Prison

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2 June – Rioting inmates temporarily took control of the Gorontalo Prison in Gorontalo, Sulawesi, after attacking prison officials and police officers and inciting a melee that lasted from Tuesday night to the early hours of Wednesday (01/06). Two police officers were injured during the incident.

Gorontalo Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Bagus Santoso told Detik.com the trigger for the incident was an altercation between police officer 2nd Brig. Kurniawan Noho and an inmate, Edy Sukamidin, which happened when the latter refused to attend a court hearing for an assault case on Tuesday afternoon.

Other inmates helped Edy fight the police officer. Shortly after, Kurniawan was rushed to the hospital with severe wounds in his thigh and calf after being stabbed repeatedly.

The incident caused a riot which lasted throughout the night and well into the early hours of Wednesday. The inmates managed to take control the prison just before dawn after a series of clashes with security officers.

Prison officials and police officers were evacuated from the scene for safety reasons.

Another police officer was also injured after prisoners pelted rocks and shot makeshift arrows at police officers taking guard outside the prison.

Police finally managed to subdue the rioters on Wednesday morning. “We have taken back control of the prison,” police spokesman Bagus said.

Bagus said police are searching the prison for sharp weapons to prevent more clashes, meanwhile Edy the provocateur will soon be moved to the North Sulawesi Police’s detention facility.

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