200 naked prisoners escape jail in Uganda and flee into the wilderness

200 naked prisoners escape jail in Uganda and flee into the wilderness after overpowering their guard and dumping the distinctive yellow uniforms that were supposed to make them easy to spot

  • Forces in the northeast searching for the inmates who broke out on Wednesday 
  • A soldier and two of the 219 escapees died in a firefight after the jailbreak
  • Authorities warned that the escaped prisoners may raid local homes for clothes

More than 200 naked prisoners are on the run in Africa, having overpowered their guard and dumped the distinctive yellow uniforms that were supposed to make them easy to spot.  

Forces in the country’s northeast are searching for the inmates who broke into an armory, stripped and fled into a remote wilderness area after escaping jail.

A firefight ensued, in which at least three people – a solider and two of the 219 escapees – died, according to Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, spokeswoman for the military.

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 jumpsuits 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.

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