At least three inmates and a soldier have been killed in a fire exchange between a group of escapee prisoners and security personnel following a prison break at Singila Prison in Moroto District.
On Wednesday evening, more than 200 inmates escaped after overpowering prison staff, accessed the armoury and stole 15 rifles.
The spokesperson of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF’s) 3rd Division Maj. Peter Mugisa says that the three inmates were killed when joint forces that included the police, prison warders and the UPDF followed the inmates on the steeps of Mount Moroto.
According to Mugisa, at least seven inmates have been re-captured.
Maj. Mugisa says that security personnel are still pursuing an estimated 200 inmates.
The UPDF spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso said last night that at least one UPDF soldier was shot dead in a fire exchange.
The North Karamoja Regional Prisons Commander, Sam Edotu said they were still compiling a report on the escape. He said the UPDF and Police were still on ground tracing for the escapees.
The majority of the escapees were hardcore criminals and cattle rustlers who were arrested last month.
After the prison break, gunfire rocked Moroto town for at least 30 minutes as a combined force of the army, police and prisons engaged the armed inmates, bringing business in the area to a standstill.
Moments later two military helicopters were seen hovering over Mount Moroto where the inmates are believed to have been hiding.