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Manhunt for escaped French prisoner

  • May 15, 2024
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Manhunt for escaped French prisoner

A manhunt described as “unprecedented” is underway in the North of France for a prisoner who escaped in a deadly ambush. Mohamed Amra, also known as “The Fly” was being taken back to jail from a court in Normandy on Tuesday when a car rammed his prison van at a toll booth. Armed men opened fire on the vehicle resulting in two officers killed and three others seriously injured.

“All means are being used to find these criminals,” French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said. Darmanin told French media on Wednesday that the attack was one of “cold-blooded barbarity.” Around 450 gendarmes and police officers have been deployed in the Eure department of Normandy in an “unprecedented” search.

“Everything is being done to find the perpetrators” President Emmanuel Macron told the nation.

Paris state prosecutor Laure Beccuau told reporters that shortly before 11:00 local time (09:00 BST) on Tuesday the van transporting Amra had passed the toll barrier in Incarville in the Eure region of France before “immediately, a Peugeot vehicle hit it from the front to stop it.”

“Men with long guns got out, joined by other armed men who got out of an Audi vehicle, which was likely following the prison vehicle.” The men “fired several times” at the vehicles, killing and injuring the officers before they fled the scene with Amra.

Known as “The Fly,” Amra was taken from court to a prison in the city of Rouen near Paris. The 30-year-old was convicted of burglary on the 10th of May and was indicted by prosecutors in Marseilles for a kidnapping that resulted in death. He was held at the Val de Reuil prison and was in court over the new charges, before the attack that led to his escape.

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