CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian official says 125 asylum seekers are in police custody on the Pacific island nation of Nauru after a riot ended with fire destroying most of an Australian-run detention center there.
An Immigration Department spokeswoman said under the department's usual condition of anonymity on Sunday that the Friday evening fire destroyed all the accommodation blocks, medical facilities and offices and caused an estimated 60 million Australian dollars ($55 million) damage. Only the dining and recreation buildings survived the blaze.
She says 125 asylum seekers remained in police custody on Sunday over the riots and blaze. She did not know how many had been charged. Nauru Police Commissioner Richard Britten did not immediately return a phone call.
She says the remaining 420 asylum seekers are now living in tents.
Created: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 04:15:15 EST
Updated: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 04:15:15 EST