Greater than 200 prisoners have escaped from a jail in north-east Uganda, officers say, bringing the native city to a standstill whereas safety forces attempt to observe them down.

The inmates reportedly killed a soldier after they broke out of the ability in Moroto earlier than heading for the hills.

The military and jail officers are pursuing the escapees, who reportedly made off with 15 weapons and ammunition.

A military spokesperson stated two inmates had been captured and two killed.

The jail facility is constructed on the foothills of Mount Moroto, on the sting of the city.

In response to an Related Press report, the inmates took off their distinctive yellow jail uniforms and fled bare into the hills to keep away from detection.

Native experiences say the shoot-out has introduced enterprise in Moroto to a standstill.

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Moroto is the largest city in Karamoja, a restive area with a historical past of cattle rustling and gun violence, the BBC’s Endurance Atuhaire experiences from Kampala.

A authorities disarmament programme within the early 2000s took many of the weapons out of the palms of civilians, however sporadic clashes between totally different communities have continued to occur, our correspondent notes.