Three inmates shot as they attempt to escape from Huye Prison

    By the Inspirer

Hillary Sengabo, RCS spokesperson. / File

Three inmates from Huye Prison were on Wednesday night shot as they attempted to escape from the correctional facility.

The Prison is located Huye District in the southern province.

According to Rwanda Correction Services (RCS), the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m.

Hillary Sengabo, the RCS spokesperson told The New Times that the inmates jumped over the prison fence.

“The inmates were shot as they attempted to escape. They actually used ropes to jump over the prison fence and when wardens on duty tried to stop them by shooting in the air, the inmates resisted,” Sengabo said.

Upon ignoring the warning shots the wardens shot at the inmates who succumbed to the injuries.

Sengabo added that all the inmates were convicts of robbery and were serving varied sentences. One was convicted of armed robbery and serving a 10-year sentence.

Others were serving three and five years.

He added that RCS has launched investigations into the incident.

Sengabo further pointed out that some other prisoners had tried to escape but the wardens managed to bring them back to the prison facility.

To be sure, however, a headcount was conducted on Thursday morning to account for all the inmates.

This is not the first incident where inmates had escaped from this prison.

The last jailbreak from the same facility was in 2013 when four men escaped by digging a hole through one of the prison walls.

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Source: The New Times 

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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