March 18, 2011 - Large sections of the Christmas Island detention centre have been burnt to the ground, during a three hour battle between police and asylum seekers overnight.
According to News Limited, police fired dozens of teargas canisters at more than 100 rioters in an attempt to regain control of the centre - however officers were eventually forced to retreat.
At least nine fires were lit by several groups who threw molotov cocktails at buildings.
Early this morning, police were sent back into the complex to break up the main group of offenders.
The violence follows a riot on Wednesday night, where as many as 250 asylum seekers threatened security guards with sticks and rocks, and backed down only after police used teargas.