in a Ugandan jail overpowered their guards and 219 of them escaped with at
least 15 guns, but two were killed after security forces launched an operation
to recapture them, a military spokesperson said on Thursday.
escaped late on Wednesday from a jail in Karamoja, a remote north-eastern
region, said the spokesperson, Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso.
fleeing, they broke into the prison armoury and stole 15 AK-47 rifles, 20
magazines and other ammunition.
a mass escape … these were hardcore criminals,” Byekwaso said, adding
they included murderers, robbers and rapists.
security operation was under way to recapture them and two of the inmates were
killed in the pursuit while two were re-arrested, she said. The fact that they
had some weapons and a head start of hours of darkness made the search more
Uganda’s third prisoner escape since the coronavirus outbreak in March, as
fears of contracting the virus in cramped jails spurred inmates’ efforts to
three cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Ugandan jails.
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