Police recaptured 115 prisoners later on Saturday but dozens still remain at large [Wahyudi/AFP]

Authorities have launched a massive manhunt on Indonesia‘s Sumatra island after more than 100 inmates escaped from prison.

The prison break came early in the morning on Saturday after rioting and a fire broke out at the detention centre in the island’s Siak district.

Widodo Eko Prihastopo, the Riau province police chief, said 115 prisoners had been recaptured by late morning, but dozens of detainees from a prison population of nearly 650 remained at large.

“Police with assistance from the army and surrounding community are still searching for the rest,” Prihastopo said.

The rioting came after guards beat several inmates who were caught using methamphetamine, police said.

Three detainees

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