BRAZAVILLE - In Pekanbaru, Riau, about 200 prisoners escaped from Sialang Bungkuk prison, but at Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 3,000 prisoners escaped from the main prison.
The authorities say only around 50 prisoners got away when armed men attacked the prison on Wednesday. The security sources also said dozens of people were killed during the attack on Makala prison.
Ne Muanda Nsemi, leader of the political-religious sect Bundu Dia Kongo, is among those who escaped.
A police spokesperson told a local radio station, Radio Okapi, that the prisoners were dangerous, and called for anyone who saw them to tell the authorities.
The authorities accuse supporters of Nsemi's supporters of being behind the attack. Nsemi is a self-styled prophet seeking to revive the ancient Kongo kingdom. Bundu Dia Kongo is campaigning to restore a monarchy in parts of DR Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Angola and Gabon.
Nsemi was an MP when he was arrested in Kinshasa after police accused him of inciting violence.