Ugandan forces are looking for much more than two hundred bare prisoners who escaped jail, broke into an armoury, then stripped and fled into a remote wilderness place in the country’s north-east.
At minimum a few people today – a soldier and two of the 219 escapers – died in the firefight, according to Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso, a spokeswoman for the navy.
The jailbreak occurred on Wednesday afternoon in the vicinity of the military barracks in the district of Moroto. “They overpowered the warden who was on responsibility,” Byekwaso claimed.
The prisoners ended up “hardcore” criminals who ended up jailed for offences relating to cattle theft in the location, she claimed.
They took off their apparel to steer clear of staying noticed in their distinct yellow uniforms and ran into the foothills of Mount Moroto, an underpopulated place that the spokeswoman explained as “a wilderness”.
“The pursuit is continuing,” she claimed, as she warned the escaped prisoners might raid homes for apparel.
It was not immediately feasible to achieve prison authorities or local officers.