Uganda jail break: More than 200 prisoners escape Moroto facility

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Greater than 200 prisoners have escaped from a prison in north-east Uganda, officers say, bringing the native the city to a standstill whilst safety forces attempt to monitor them down.

The inmates reportedly killed a soldier once they broke out of the power in Moroto prior to heading for the hills.

The military and jail officers are pursuing the escapees, who reportedly made off with 15 weapons and ammunition.

A military spokesperson mentioned two inmates were captured and two killed.

The jail facility is constructed at the foothills of Mount Moroto, at the fringe of town. Native studies say the shoot-out has introduced industry in Moroto to a standstill.

Moroto is the largest the city in Karamoja, a restive area with a historical past of livestock rustling and gun violence, the BBC’s Persistence Atuhaire studies from Kampala.

A central authority disarmament program within the early 2000’s took lots of the weapons out of the arms of civilians, however sporadic clashes between other communities have persevered to occur, our correspondent notes.

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