6 asphyxiate in Indonesia after robbers lock them in bathroom

Six people, which included a nine-year-old child, were found dead from suffocation in a tiny bathroom by Indonesian police, after armed robbers had locked them there the previous day.

Up to four intruders broke into the house in an upmarket neighbourhood on Monday, Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said, reported Reuters.

The robbers locked 11 people – including family members, maids and drivers – in the two metre by one metre bathroom and they were not found until early on Tuesday, Yuwono said.

“They were carrying firearms and machetes,” Yuwono said of the robbers, citing a witness account.

The survivors were in critical condition and taken to hospital, he said.

Petty crime is common in Jakarta, a teeming city of 10 million people, but violent crime including armed robbery is rare.

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