Security forces UPDF, Uganda Police and Uganda Prisons Services have sealed off all entry and exit points in/out of Moroto in an effort to trace the massive number of prisoners who escaped yesterday.
The 219 Prisoners escaped with at least 15 AK-47 rifles, 20 magazines and other ammunition, UPDF said.
“It’s a mass escape … these were hard-core criminals,” Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso, UPDF Spokesperson said.
By Thursday morning, seven of the prisoners had been arrested, and other three put out of action as they exchanged fire with security officers.
“They’ve had a whole night to disperse and hide, it complicates our efforts but we shall get them.” Brigadier Flavi added.
This is Uganda’s third prisoner escape since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in March as fears of contracting the virus in cramped jails spurred inmates’ efforts to break out.