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Rioting inmates seize control of Bali’s Kerobokan jail

Rioting inmates seize control of Bali's Kerobokan jail

Prisoners rioted at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison overnight. Picture: Bintoro Lukman S Source:The Daily Telegraph

Prisoners rioted at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison overnight. Picture: Bintoro Lukman S Source: The Daily Telegraph

By Malcolm Holland h.com.au/”>The Daily Telegraph February 22, 2012 4:28PM

POLICE have regained control of the infamous Kerobokan prison in Bali after more than 10 hours of rioting which saw at least two prisoners shot.

The overcrowded jail, home to Schapelle Corby and the bali Nine, erupted into violence yesterday evening with prisoners starting fires and hurling stones at guards.

Balinese news photographer Lukman S Bintoro who is outside the jail told TheTelegraph.com.au that a prisoner had been shot in the thigh and another in the hand and had been taken to hospital.

Mr Bintoro said police and paramilitary troops had finally regained control of the jail, which houses 1000 inmates, about 11.30am Sydney time today.

He said Corby and Renae Lawrence had been in the prison’s women’s section while the rioting had happened in the men’s section of the prison.

“The fires were put out about 4am this morning, it all started about 10pm last night.”

The riot is believed to be connected to another smaller riot on Sunday when three inmates had stabbed another inmate. The three were then pursused through the prison by other inmat es and some tried to break o ut of the jail by smashing down the main entrance gate.

Mr Bintoro said police and troops had first used rubber bullets and blankl bullets “to scare prisoners” but had then used live ammunition as the rioting prisoners continued to rampage through the prison.

The jail, bult to house 300, now has more than 1000 inmates behind its walls.

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