Moroto prison break.

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Business in Moroto Municipality was brought to a standstill as a joint force of police, army and prison warders engaged the escapees, majorly hardcore criminals and warriors who were arrested and appeared before the Division Court Martial. By the time of filing this story on Wednesday night, authorities said one inmate had been put out of action while three others had been recaptured. Security officials who did not want to be named in this story because they are not authorised to speak to the press, told this reporter that the inmates who numbered about 219, grabbed guns from prison warders before they escaped and ran towards Mt Moroto.

The commissioner general Uganda Prisons, Johnson Byabashaija, confirmed the development on Wednesday and said the inmates overpowered prison staff before accessing the armory that had about 15 riffles.

“The operation by UPDF in pursuit of escapees from Singila prison in Moroto to rearrest them and recover the stolen guns continues. The population therefore is advised to stay calm,” the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso tweeted on Wednesday night.

 The prison break happened at around 4.30pm.

Business in Moroto Municipality was brought to a standstill as a joint force of police, army and prison warders engaged the escapees, majorly hardcore criminals and warriors who were arrested and appeared before the Division Court Martial.

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