Italy airport closes after migrant riot

Algerian migrants onto the airstrip of the airport were quickly apprehended.

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2010, 10:14 AM IST

Rome: Italian news reports say a military airport in Sardinia has been closed following a riot by illegal migrants at a holding centre.

State-run RAI television and the ANSA news agency said a handful of Algerian migrants managed to escape from the centre onto the airstrip of the Elmas airport near Cagliari on Monday but were quickly apprehended.

ANSA said 10 people were arrested.
There have been a handful of riots at the holding centre in recent weeks, with detainees burning mattresses and breaking closed-circuit televisions. The detainees are mostly Algerian migrants who arrived in Sardinia by boat and are awaiting asylum procedures.

PTI