200 naked prisoners escape jail in Moroto prison and flee into the wilderness after overpowering their guard and dumping the distinctive yellow uniforms that were supposed to make them easy to spot by UPDF Gunship.
- UPDF forces are searching for the inmates who broke out on Wednesday evening.
- A UPDF soldier and two of the 219 escapees died in a firefight after the jailbreak
- security has warned that the escaped prisoners may raid local homes for clothes
- The UPDF Spokesperson called for Clam from local families as the forces continue its search.
More than 200 naked prisoners are on the run in Moroto , having overpowered their guard and dumped the distinctive yellow uniforms that were supposed to make them easy to spot.
UPDF are searching for the inmates who broke into an armory, stripped and fled into a remote wilderness area after escaping jail.
A map shows where in Uganda the dramatic jailbreak took place on Wednesday afternoon
The jailbreak occurred on Wednesday afternoon near the army barracks in the district of Moroto.
‘They overpowered the warden who was on duty,’ Byekwaso said.
The inmates are ‘hardcore’ criminals who were jailed for offenses relating to cattle theft in the region, she said.
They took off their clothes to avoid being spotted in their recognisable yellow jump suits and ran into the foothills of Mount Moroto, an underpopulated area that the spokeswoman described as ‘a wilderness.’
‘The pursuit is continuing,’ she said, and warned that the escaped inmates might raid local homes for clothes.
It was not immediately possible to reach prison authorities or local officials.