Bali police seize spears, machetes after deadly prison brawl
Police on Bali island said on Friday (Dec 18) they had seized hundreds of spears, machetes and arrows after fighting between gangs inside a prison and on the streets outside left four dead.
The brawl started late on Thursday (Dec 17) in Kerobokan jail.
It is a high-security facility on the resort island that houses many foreigners, where two inmates were killed and two others injured.
“There was a clash in prison involving the inmates, there were stabbings,” Bali police chief Sugeng Priyanto said.
One of those who died had serious stomach wounds, while the other had cuts on his back, according to reports.
As members of Bali’s two biggest gangs clashed inside the jail others on the outside arrived and demanded entry.
Police tried to disperse them but the gang members ended up fighting on the streets in nearby Denpasar, the Balinese capital, where two others were killed and two injured.
All those killed and injured were Indonesian.
Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto told AFP that police had confiscated hundreds of spears, machetes and arrows from the prison as well as from gang members outside the jail.
Police also transferred 59 inmates linked to the gangs to other prisons on the island overnight and the two sides struck a deal to prevent a repeat of the violence, he said.
Kerobokan was still locked down on Friday as police questioned more than 50 people.
It is not yet clear what triggered the clash.