Jakarta: Indonesian police were on Wednesday searching for dozens of prisoners who escaped when a guard opened a gate to put out the rubbish, a spokesman said.

Thirty-six convicts jailed for offences including rape and murder were on the run after the breakout in Meulaboh in Aceh province, said provincial police spokesman Gustav Leo.

"They escaped on Tuesday, when a warden opened a gate for a worker who wanted to throw away garbage," Leo said.

He said that 42 prisoners had fled in all, but police and military personnel had re-captured six on Tuesday at a rubber plantation near the prison.

(Agencies)

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