Tue, 07 Nov 2000

43 arrested for cockfighting

KENDARI, Southeast Sulawesi: A police sergeant and an Army corporal were among 43 people arrested here on Sunday for gambling on illegal cockfights.

Antara news agency reported at least three people were injured when police raided the cockfights, firing warning shots to prevent dozens of gamblers from fleeing.

"We fired several warning shots, but they still resisted arrest and tried to escape so we had to open fire," the local police chief was quoted as saying.

He said cash, home appliances, motorcycles and jewels were being waged on the cockfights. (byg)