Updated: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:05:57 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Evacuation of foreigners starts at Indonesian jail: AFP

Indonesian authorities began evacuating foreign inmates Thursday from a riot-hit prison on Bali island where prisoners ousted guards and took control, an AFP reporter said.


Four men with Western features were seen entering one bus while another group of 10 women, some also of Western appearance, got onto a second bus also parked outside the main entrance to the prison.

"We are starting the evacuation process now," Bali police spokesman Hariadi, who like many Indonesians goes by a single name, told AFP.

"We will try to evacuate all foreign prisoners by today. They will be transferred to several locations set up by the justice and human-rights ministry," he added.

Authorities earlier said they would evacuate 60 foreign prisoners -- including 12 Australians -- as well as female inmates, amid fears they could be used as hostages.

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