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Frenchman caught in Indonesian military base hunting Pokemon

  • In this Monday, July 18, 2016 photo, an Indonesian man shows his smartphone as he plays "Pokemon Go" in Jakarta, Indonesia. The hugely popular game has sparked a frenzy among Indonesian players despite the application is not officially available in the country. "Pokemon Go," which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has been a blockbuster hit in the U.S. and other countries where it is available. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    In this Monday, July 18, 2016 photo, an Indonesian man shows his smartphone as he plays "Pokemon Go" in Jakarta, Indonesia. The hugely popular game has sparked a frenzy among Indonesian players despite the application is not officially available in the country. "Pokemon Go," which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has been a blockbuster hit in the U.S. and other countries where it is available. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this July 18, 2016 photo, Indonesians play "Pokemon Go" in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 18, 2016. The hugely popular game has sparked a frenzy among Indonesian players despite the application is not officially available in the country. "Pokemon Go," which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has been a blockbuster hit in the U.S. and other countries where it is available. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

    In this July 18, 2016 photo, Indonesians play "Pokemon Go" in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 18, 2016. The hugely popular game has sparked a frenzy among Indonesian players despite the application is not officially available in the country. "Pokemon Go," which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has been a blockbuster hit in the U.S. and other countries where it is available. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, July 18, 2016 photo, Indonesians gaze at their smartphones as they play "Pokemon Go" in Jakarta, Indonesia. The hugely popular game has sparked a frenzy among Indonesian players despite the application is not officially available in the country. "Pokemon Go," which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has been a blockbuster hit in the U.S. and other countries where it is available. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    In this Monday, July 18, 2016 photo, Indonesians gaze at their smartphones as they play "Pokemon Go" in Jakarta, Indonesia. The hugely popular game has sparked a frenzy among Indonesian players despite the application is not officially available in the country. "Pokemon Go," which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has been a blockbuster hit in the U.S. and other countries where it is available. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

Indonesian police detained a Frenchman who entered a military base while playing the augmented reality game Pokemon Go.

A spokesman for West Java police said Tuesday that Romain Pierre, 27, was caught at a checkpoint after initially running away when challenged by security guards at the military complex in Cirebon.

Col. Yusri Yunus, the police spokesman, said Pierre was released after a few hours because it became apparent "he unintentionally entered the complex as he was hunting Pokemon while jogging."

Pokemon Go has not been officially released in Indonesia but is already popular.

Some officials have voiced worries that the game could pose a security threat.