Kalimantan: Six migrants escape detention centre

28 Oct – Six inmates held in the Lamaru immigration detention center in East Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, escaped from the facility on Friday morning.

The inmates are illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, identified as Reza Panahi, Morteza Haidar, Arif Feroghi, Muhammad Hadi Haidari, Mohamad Jawad Esani and Ali Agha Hamzah.

The six reportedly tied together bedsheets to use as a rope to climb the six-meter-high wall, and climbed over the barbed wire.

Nia Viranita, a detention center official, conceded that security at the complex was quite relaxed as its inmates were not criminal suspects.

“We only deploy one guard to supervise hundreds of inmates inside the center and another assigned at the front gate,” Nia said as quoted by Tribun Kaltim.

The 140-capacity center currently houses 194 inmates, all male.

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