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Police in Indonesia storm Bali jail to quell riot

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Media captionPolice say that the situation at Kerobokan prison is now 'under control'

Indonesian police have stormed a prison in Bali after a riot broke out there over night.

About 100 members of police and military forces entered Kerobokan prison at dawn to end the riot, authorities said on Wednesday.

The violence was reportedly an act of retaliation by unidentified gang members after an inmate was stabbed.

Local police told the BBC the situation was now ''under control'' and investigations were ongoing.

According to an Associated Press report citing witnesses, several inmates were taken to a hospital with injuries that appeared to be from rubber bullets.

Bali deputy police chief Ketut Untung Yoga told AFP news that police were ''forced to open fire''.

''Three people were injured in the legs and taken to hospital," he said.

But local police told the BBC that the inmates suffered burn injuries.

When the violence broke out on Tuesday night, rioting inmates reportedly hurled rocks at guards, set fire to an office and temporarily took control of the facility.

The prison houses about 1,000 inmates, including a number of foreign nationals. It holds members of an Australian drug smuggling ring known as the "Bali Nine" and convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby.

An Australian Embassy spokesman in Jakarta told the BBC's correspondent Karishma Vaswani that all 12 Australian prisoners there were safe.

Concerns have been raised over security at the Kerobokan prison which has seen other recent riots, including one in June last year, says our correspondent.

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