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Uganda jail term: Hunting for ‘naked’ Moroto prisoners

A picture shared by the Ugandan army showing escaped prisoners in yellow uniforms.  It was written by a spokesman as follows:

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captionRefugee prisoners wearing distinctive yellow uniforms are seen in this photo, which was released on Wednesday

Seven out of 219 prisoners who escaped from a prison in northeastern Uganda have been recaptured, officials say.

Some of the refugees allegedly took off their characteristic yellow prison uniforms and fled naked in the hills to avoid detection.

The escapees are believed to be trying to use mountain routes to cross the border into Kenya.

The inmates killed a soldier after they broke out of the facility in Moroto on Wednesday.

An army spokesman said two inmates who had fled had also been killed.

The army and prison officials are pursuing the fugitives, who allegedly set off with 15 guns and ammunition.

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The prison facility, which usually has a population of more than 600 inmates, is built at the foot of Mount Moroto, on the outskirts of the city.

The site has been shut down as investigations into how the jailbreak took place are underway.

Local reports Wednesday said the shooting brought business in Moroto to a halt.

Moroto is the largest city in Karamoja, a semi-arid pastoral region with a history of cattle rattling and violence with weapons, reports the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire from Kampala.

A government disarmament program in the early 2000s took most weapons out of civilian hands, but sporadic clashes between different societies continue, our correspondent notes.

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