At least three prisoners were killed and six others injured after riots occurred Saturday afternoon in the northwestern Ugandan district of Arua, prison authorities said.

Violent clashes erupted after a prisoner who had tried to climb the perimeter of the prison to escape was gunned down, Frank Baine, spokesperson for Uganda’s prisons service, told Xinhua by telephone.

“It’s true there was a mass escape of 23 prisoners. Three were shot dead in the scuffle, six injured and eight recaptured. No staff causality. No gun lost,” said Baine.

The joint security forces managed to quell the riot following the clashes, the spokesperson said. “Now situation is back to normal. The search for escapees is on,” said Baine.

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