10 dead after riot in immigration detention centre causes massive prison break


ALOR SETAR: A riot at an immigration detention centre in Relau, Bandar Baharu in Kedah resulted in a massive prison break that saw about 500 detainees fleeing.

The riot, which began as a protest around 5am on Wednesday (April 20) by around 650 Rohingya detainees, quickly got out of control.

An insider told The Star that around 229 of them have been recaptured while around 10 have died.

It is believed that they died after being hit by cars while they tried to cross a road in the chaos.

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Police have deployed personnel to the centre to control the situation.

It is understood most of the Rohingya there were previously detained in operations by various agencies in Langkawi.

So far, no statements regarding the incident have been released by the authorities.

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