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50 Inmates Escape From Moroto Prison

They escaped at around 5:00 pm on Wednesday after reportedly breaking into the armoury and stealing about 15 guns.
More than 50 inmates have escaped from Moroto Government Prisons. They escaped at around 5:00 pm on Wednesday after reportedly breaking into the armoury and stealing about 15 guns.

The inmates, whose number is yet to be confirmed are reported to have fled towards Tapac and Loputuk Sub Counties.

A prisons officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said the inmates attacked an officer on duty and broke into the armoury.

Gunfire rocked Moroto town for at least 30 minutes as a combined force of the army, police and prisons engaged the armed inmates, bringing business in the area to a standstill 

Moments later two military helicopters were seen hovering over Mount Moroto where the inmates are believed to have been hiding.

Grace Nali a crime Preventer in Singila Cell, Moroto Municipality said they heard gunfire and saw a lot of inmates running.

“Some were naked while others were in their yellow uniform. They were armed and were exchanging fire with the security forces,” said Nali.

Uganda Radio Network was unable to get a comment from prison authorities in Moroto and the Uganda Prisons Service Spokesperson. Their known telephone numbers  could not be reached.    

Last week, Moroto Government Prison was closed to new inmates after 30 inmates tested positive to Covid- 19.    All the 30 were evacuated to Jinja Isolation Centre for treatment while over 200 other inmates were placed under quarantine.

In 2006, 10 prisoners escaped after killing a warder Corporal Walter Ochoria and injuring another. In 2008, seven prisoners were shot and injured after they attempted to escape from Moroto Prison.

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