A jail break has taken place in north-east Uganda, prompting more than 200 prisoners to escape from jail.

According to officials, the local town is in a standstill while security forces try to track them down, BBC reports.

On the jail break, before heading for the hills, the inmates reportedly killed a soldier after they broke out of the facility in Moroto.

The escapees have reportedly made off with 15 guns and ammunition. There are also reports that the army and prison officials pursued the escapees.

So far, on arrest and death, an army spokesperson said two inmates had been captured and two killed.

The prison facility is located on the foothills of Mount Moroto, on the edge of the town.

On the strategy implored before their escape, Associated Press reports that the inmates took off their distinctive yellow prison uniforms and fled naked into the hills to avoid detection.

The Effects of the shoot-out has brought business in Moroto to a standstill, local reports confirmed.

Moroto is the biggest town in Karamoja, a restive region with a history of cattle rustling and gun violence, the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire reports from Kampala.