19 killed in blaze after karaoke bar brawl in Indonesia
Published: 01:17 PM, 25 January 2022 Updated: 03:31 PM, 25 January 2022
A fire burns at the Double O nightclub following clashes between two groups, in Sorong in Indonesia’s West Papua province on January 25, 2022; Photo: Collected
At least 19 people have died in a blaze following a brawl between rival gangs of youths in Indonesia, police in the provincial capital of Sorong said on Tuesday.
The incident took place at a karaoke bar in Indonesia’s West Papua province on Monday night.
One person was fatally stabbed in the fight early on Tuesday before the venue was set on fire with 18 people trapped inside, a police official told Metro TV.
“Fights among youths in cities are normal, but that it has caused so many deaths, that is a first,” Adam Erwini, a spokesman for West Papua police, told the media.
The Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday that clashes between the two groups erupted in the Indonesian town of Sorong in West Papua. At one point, the nightclub called “Karaoke Bar” was set on fire. Later, the bodies of 19 people were recovered from there.
Adam Erwini, a police spokesman and senior commissioner in Indonesia’s West Papua province, confirmed the deaths in the clashes.
Adam said the deadly incident at the entertainment venue in Sorong was still under investigation, and it was unclear if the death toll would rise.
Separately, Dedi Prasetyo, a spokesman for Indonesia’s national police said the brawl was between two rival gangs from the neighboring island of Maluku.