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Australia: Officials confirm 'major disturbance' at Christmas Island detention centre

Police gathering near an entrance at the remote facility. Credit: APTN

Australian officials are attempting to contain unrest at a remote detention centre for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean.

The immigration department confirmed there was a "major disturbance" at the centre on Christmas Island, which is Australian territory.

Refugee advocates say riots broke out following the death of an asylum seeker who escaped from the facility over the weekend.

People gathered next to ambulance inside the detention centre. Credit: APTN

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that anyone found to have committed a crime during the disturbance will face "the full force of the law."

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