Gunmen storm Indonesia jail, kill 4 detainees

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Associated Press

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 12:06 AM

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say a group of nearly 20 well-trained gunmen have stormed a jail on the main island of Java and executed four detainees accused of murdering a special forces soldier.

Local police chief Brig. Gen. Sabar Rahardjo says the masked gunmen were angry over the killing of a member of Indonesia's elite military unit, known as Kopassus, allegedly by the four men detained in Yogyakarta's Cebongan prison. The attackers tortured several guards and forced them to open the jail cell just after midnight Saturday.

The four detainees were dragged from their cell and shot with automatic weapons before the gunmen fled.

Rahardjo says two guards were injured during the five-minute attack. The Kopassus member was murdered at a cafe in Yogyakarta on Tuesday.

Police and the army are investigating.

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