Handout photograph taken and released on Nov 30 by Indonesia’s ministry of justice showing a broken fence of a prison in Banda Aceh during a jailbreak. (Photo: AFP PHOTO / MINISTRY OF JUSTICE) BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: A jailbreak in western Indonesia has left 90 inmates on the run after they escaped by breaking down fences when they were supposed to be at a prayer gathering, an official said Friday (Nov 30). The prisoners fled from the prison in Banda Aceh on Thursday night, although some were quickly recaptured. Advertisement "There were 726 inmates at the time, 113 of them ran away. We have recaptured 23 of them but are still searching for the other escapees," justice ministry spokesman Ade Kusmanto said. Handout photograph taken and released on Nov 30 by Indonesia’s ministry of justice shows a broken window of a prison in Banda Aceh during a jailbreak. (Photo: AFP/MINISTRY OF JUSTICE) The inmates were out of their cells for mass prayers in the Muslim-majority nation, but some took advantage of the situation by breaking the prison’s fence with barbells, Kusmanto said. Police have launched a massive hunt for the escapees and heightened security at the prison. Advertisement Police officers arrest an inmate who escaped a prison in Banda Aceh during a jailbreak on Nov 29. (Photo: AFP / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN) Ten officers were on duty to safeguard the prison when the inmates escaped. Jailbreaks are not uncommon in Indonesia, where prisoners are often held in poor conditions at overcrowded penitentiaries. Police officers escort arrested inmates who escaped a prison in Banda Aceh. (Photo: AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN) In May last year, more than 400 inmates broke out after mass prayers at an overcrowded prison in Riau province. One month later, dozens of inmates swam from a flooded Indonesian jail in Sumatra after one of its walls collapsed.

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