HULU TERENGGANU, June 6 (Bernama) — Police foiled an attempt by almost 200 Vietnamese and Myanmar inmates to riot and break out of the Ajil immigration detention depot here last night, sparked by a fight between two new Vietnamese inmates.
Eight Vietnamese inmates were injured in the incident, and the Vietnamese embassy has been informed.
Terengganu Immigration director Mahasan Mustapa said today the incident began at 9.30pm when two new Vietnamese immigrants started fighting and the others joined in.
“They tried to break down doors and break free from the depot, but their attempt was foiled. One door was torn down but they could not get past two other doors and a grille,” he told reporters.
The police brought the situation under control by midnight, he said.
Terengganu police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said eight Vietnamese inmates were injured in the incident.
A fire truck from the Kuala Berang Fire and Rescue Station was sent to the depot during the commotion as a precaution should the inmates attempt to set fire to the building.