2017-05-05: On Friday (05 May) several hundred inmates escaped in a prison break in Pekanbaru, in the province of Riau on Sumatra island. Dozens have been recaptured, however, more than a hundred remain at large.
Heightened security measures and operations by security forces are to be expected in the area. Violent incidents during such operations cannot be ruled out. Travellers should proceed with caution and follow instructions by local authorities.