Islamist prisoners hold officer hostage after killing 5 in clash

Islamist prisoners hold officer hostage after killing 5 in clash

Islamist prisoners hold officer hostage after killing 5 in clash

Negotiations were underway for the release of the hostage, said national police spokesperson Muhammad Iqbal.

The ABC has confirmed five police officers and one inmate have been killed, and another police officer is still a hostage.

"This incident was just triggered by a trivial thing, about food from families", Iqbal told reporters outside the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade police in Depok, using another acronym for Daesh.

Islamist militants killed five police at a high-security Indonesian prison and were holding one hostage on Wednesday following clashes at the jail on the outskirts of Jakarta, police said. After the situation was successfully controlled, the police confiscated a number of weapons that allegedly deprived the prisoners.

Among the facility's prisoners is Aman Abdurrahman, an Islamic radical jailed for orchestrating an attack in Jakarta in 2016 that left eight people dead.

Wasisto said a team of negotiators is still in talks with the terrorist inmates because they are in possession of several guns seized from police during the riot.

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The Islamic State group's Amaq News Agency published a report saying the fighting was between its fighters and the counterterrorism squad.

A dispute had broken out with prisoners who objected to authorities making checks on food being brought into them, according to police.

"If they surrender, it will be a non-violent process".

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security affairs Wiranto said the operation to take over prison blocks controlled by the militants ended at 07:15 a.m. local time.

TV footage showed police maintaining tight security around the jail and moving onlookers away from the entrance.

IS sympathisers have carried out a series of mostly low-level attacks in Indonesia over the past few years.

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