Prisoners Escape as Jailers Chase Rabbit


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Feb 2, 2002
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Prisoners Escape as Jailers Chase Rabbit
Fri May 24, 9:45 AM ET

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Thirty-one Ugandan prison inmates escaped when their guards ran off to chase a rabbit, a newspaper said on Friday.

The prisoners were digging in a garden near their prison in northeastern Uganda when a rabbit shot out of a nearby bush. All five guards set off in pursuit.

"While they were chasing the rabbit, the inmates also took off in the opposite direction," Lieutenant Colonel John Mulindwa told the state-owned New Vision newspaper.

Mulindwa, currently leading a drive to disarm Karimojong warriors in the area, said 10 of the prisoners had been convicted earlier this year of illegal gun possession. The remainder were awaiting trial on the same charge.

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