At least four people have reportedly been killed in the search and arrest of inmates who escaped from Singila Prison in Moroto District.
Yesterday over 219 inmates escaped from the prison after they overpowered prison staff, accessed the armoury and took off with AK47 15 rifle guns.
Upon escaping, bullets rocked Moroto town for over 30 minutes as a combined force of the army, police and prisons engaged the armed inmates. Thereafter two fighter helicopters joined the search over Mount Moroto where the inmates are believed to have been hiding.
According to the spokesperson of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Third Division, Maj. Peter Mugisa, three inmates and one of their officers were killed when joint forces that included the police, prison wardens and the UPDF followed the inmates on the steps of Mount Moroto.
He said at least seven inmates have been recaptured and most of the escapees are hard core criminals and cattle rustlers who were nabbed last month. They are currently searching for over 200 inmates.
The escapees are believed to be running towards Kenya.