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Four foreign inmates escape from prison on resort island of Bali

People look into a hole through which four foreign inmates escaped from Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, June 19, 2017. Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana via REUTERS
People look into a hole through which four foreign inmates escaped from Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, June 19, 2017. Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana via REUTERS
Security personnel walks in front of Kerobokan prison after four foreign inmates have escaped from it, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, June 19, 2017..
Bikers drive by a wall of Kerobokan prison from which four foreign inmates have escaped in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, June 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Residents observe a hole on the ground through which four foreign inmates have escaped from Kerobokan prison in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, June 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
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Four foreign inmates have escaped from a prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, police said.

Prison officers became aware of the escape while conducting a morning check of inmates at the Kerobokan prison in Bali's capital, Denpasar, said Putu Ika Prabawa, an officer at Bali's Kuta Utara police station.

The officer said the four men were believed to have escaped through a 50 x 70cm hole found in a wall that connects to a 15m-long water tunnel heading toward a main street.

He identified the four as Shaun Edward Davidson, 33, of Australia; Dimitar Nikolov Iliev, 43, of Bulgaria; Sayed Mohammed Said, 31, of India; and Tee Koko King bin Tee Kim Sai, 50, of Malaysia.

Security personnel walks in front of Kerobokan prison after four foreign inmates have escaped from it, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, June 19, 2017..
Security personnel walks in front of Kerobokan prison after four foreign inmates have escaped from it, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, June 19, 2017..

Davidson is serving a one-year sentence for an immigration offence, while Iliev is serving a seven-year sentence for money laundering and another offence. Said and King are serving 14 and seven years, respectively, for drug offences.

Officers have distributed pictures of the escaped inmates to police stations across Bali.

Jailbreaks are common in Indonesia, where overcrowding has become a problem in prisons that are struggling to cope with poor funding and an influx of people arrested in a war on drugs. Most prisoners have been convicted on drug charges.

Last week, dozens of inmates escaped from an overcrowded prison in western Indonesia after floods caused a wall to collapse.

Bikers drive by a wall of Kerobokan prison from which four foreign inmates have escaped in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, June 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Bikers drive by a wall of Kerobokan prison from which four foreign inmates have escaped in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, June 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Last month, more than 440 prisoners escaped from an overcrowded prison on Sumatra island when they were let out of their cells to take part in Friday Muslim prayers.

In July 2013, about 240 prisoners, including several convicted terrorists, escaped during a deadly riot at a prison in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.

Residents observe a hole on the ground through which four foreign inmates have escaped from Kerobokan prison in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, June 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Residents observe a hole on the ground through which four foreign inmates have escaped from Kerobokan prison in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, June 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

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