Hundreds of prisoners who escaped from Singila Prison in Moroto District have abandoned their yellow uniforms and blended into the local communities in Karamoja region, North Eastern Uganda.
“Some escapees are armed and have fused with the community, abandoning the prison uniforms,” said deputy defence spokesperson, Lt Col Deo Akiiki on Thursday evening.
The Ugandan armed forces are pursuing 219 prisoners who escaped from Moroto Central Prison on Wednesday.
The prison break occurred at around 4:30pm.
The prisoners, most of whom were arrested during multiple military operations countering cattle rustling and gun violence in Karamoja, broken through the prison gates after overpowering the guards.
Three escapes were killed while seven others recaptured by security forces.
The army has since appealed to the people in general areas of Moroto, Napak, Matany and neighbouring districts to be vigilant and inform leaders, police or military, of anybody they suspect to be alien in their area.”
“Security calls upon collaboration with the public in this effort,” said Lt Col Akiiki.
He said UPDF under the direct command of the 3rd Division Commander Brig Joseph Balikudmbe was called upon to support the efforts of police and Uganda Prisons in pursuing the escapees.
“Employing both infantry and air power, UPDF pursued the escapees who had climbed towards Mountain Moroto in area of Tapach,” said the deputy army spokesperson.
“In hot pursuit, an exchange of fire ensued leaving three escapees dead and one of our soldiers gunned down. His struggle was not in vain as he died fighting to restore peace and justice in his motherland. We celebrate his life and heroism,” said Lt Col Akiiki.
He said 15 guns grabbed from the prison were yet to be recovered.
ChimpReports understands the situation remained very fluid as security forces comb mountains in Moroto and neighbouring areas for the escapees.