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Riot breaks out at Bali prison

Channels Television  
Updated February 22, 2012

A prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali was taken over by inmates on Wednesday and was set on fire in a riot during which at least two prisoners were shot and wounded.

Indonesian police stormed the Kerobokan jail to regain control of the situation.

Police shot two inmates in the legs when they were confronted by a mob wielding sickles and throwing bricks.

Fighting at the jail broke out late on Tuesday.

Police said conflict at the prison had first started about a week ago when two inmates had a knife-fight, leading to a split in the wider prison population that developed into a bigger fight between two rival groups.

Australia’s Foreign Ministry said it was urgently checking on the welfare of 12 Australian prisoners held in the jail, but Indonesian police said none of about 60 foreign prisoners were among the casualties.

The prison is home to 1,200 inmates. The Australian prisoners include convicted drug traffickers Schappelle Corby and the so-called Bali Nine.