Over 200 prisoners escaped from a Ugandan jail on Wednesday night, making away with firearms and ammunition.
Military spokeswoman, Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso said the 219 Karamoja inmates broke into the armoury and stole 15 AK-47 rifles, 20 magazines and other ammunition.
“It’s a mass escape … these were hard-core criminals,” she said.
Byekwaso noted that the escapees included murderers, robbers and rapists, adding that an operation was underway to re-capture the prisoners.
She also said that two of the inmates died during the pursuit while two others were re-arrested.
“They’ve had a whole night to disperse and hide, it complicates our efforts but we shall get them,” she said.
It is also said that one Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier was fatally shot during an exchange of fire between the police and the prisoners.
“They are on the loose now. Heavy exchange of fire ensued. They have run towards Mt Moroto,” Uganda Prisons Commissioner General Johnson Byabashaija told reporters.
This was Uganda’s third prisoner escape since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the East African country.
In March, three prisoners were killed while six others were injured as they tried to escape from Arua government prisons.