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Guards blinded by chili in Indonesian jailbreak

Prisoners in an Indonesian jail escaped after blinding guards with a liquid laced with fiery chili peppers, an official said Tuesday.
/ Source: Reuters

Prisoners in an Indonesian jail escaped after blinding guards with a liquid laced with fiery chili peppers, a police official said on Tuesday.

Eighteen prisoners escaped from the Pematang Siantar Penitentiary in North Sumatra province on Sunday, with 15 later recaptured and three still on the run, said Aspan Nainggolan, a police spokesman.

After being let out of their cells for breakfast, a group of prisoners attacked four guards using chili liquid held in a plastic water bottles and grabbed their keys.

A prison official said that the jail, housing more than 800 prisoners and located about 30 miles from the provincial capital Medan, had never had a break-out like it.

As in many other Asian countries, Indonesians season most meals with chili or use hot chili sauce.