Sydney — Australian officials are trying to contain a reported riot at a remote detention center for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean.
The immigration department confirmed Monday that there was a "disturbance" at the detention center on the Australian territory of Christmas Island. The department says there were reports of damage but no injuries.
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Refugee advocates say riots broke out at the center following the death of an asylum seeker who escaped from the facility. The man's body was found Sunday at the bottom of cliffs. The cause of his death is under investigation.
The immigration department said there are reports of damage inside the facility, but the perimeter remains secure.