Indonesian police have recaptured more than 100 inmates who managed to escape from an Indonesian jail on Sumatra island (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Indonesian police have recaptured more than 100 inmates who managed to escape from an Indonesian jail on Sumatra island.

The prisoners fled the jail in Siak district on Sumatra island early in the morning of May 11 after rioting and a fire broke out at the detention centre.

Footage on local TV stations showed the facility engulfed in flames.

The rioting was triggered after guards beat several inmates who were caught using methamphetamine, police said. Four people were wounded, including a policeman.

Authorities launched a massive manhunt and 115 prisoners had been recaptured by late morning, Riau province police chief Widodo Eko Prihastopo said.

Police with assistance from the army and surrounding community are still searching for the rest, he said, adding that dozens of detainees were still at large. Prior to the incident, the prison detained nearly 650 inmates.-VNA