A Uganda People Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier has reportedly been shot dead in a fire exchange with inmates who escaped from Moroto government prison.
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, whose number is yet to be confirmed, grabbed guns from prison warders before they escaped and run towards Mt Moroto.
By the time of filing this report, Uganda prisons spokesperson, Frank Baine could not be reached for a comment.
However, Maj Peter Mugisa, the UPDF Third Division spokesperson confirmed the prison break and said: " We (UPDF) are just giving support. They called us to give them support. All the details will be given by the prison authoroties. All I know is that the inmates broke out."
Business in Moroto Municipality was brought to a standstill as a joint force of police, army and prison warders engaged the escapees.
Residents were seen watching in shock as security operatives pursued the inmates, none of whom has been arrested.