Experts in Uganda have dispatched a manhunt to recover in excess of 200 detainees who got away from prison subsequent to taking weapons and fled toward the north-eastern aspect of the nation.
The escape happened on Wednesday evening, September 16, close to the military sleeping shelter in the area of Moroto in upper east Uganda.
The nation’s jail magistrate, Johnson Byabashaija told AFP on Thursday September 16, that the prisoners overwhelmed their watchmen and got away with weapons in after a shootout.
“The detainees held onto weapons from the arsenal at an administration jail in Moroto, about 460km from Kampala, before running for the front of close by mountains,” said the magistrate.
Uganda police dispatch manhunt for 215 got away from detainees after escape
“Around 215 prisoners are still on the run. Uganda’s jail administration, working with the police and the military with help from ground and air resources, have been sent to rearrest the detainees,” he said.
“There is worry that a few weapons are in an inappropriate hands, yet these will be recovered. We have enough powers on the ground and helicopters to follow them. The general population is encouraged to remain quiet,” said Byabashaija.
“One prisoner was shot during the break, three others were recovered, yet the rest are everywhere, having gotten away towards Mount Moroto where our activity is centering right now.”
A portion of the detainees had shed their splendid yellow jumpsuits to keep away from airborne identification and were walking half-exposed, jail representative Frank Baine included
Mr.Baine depicted the escape as “perhaps the most uncommon instance of its sort throughout the entire existence of Uganda’s Prison Service”.