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French Prison Guards Killed in Ambush, Convict Mohamed Amra Escapes

A convicted gangster identified as Mohamed Amra was kidnapped from a prison convoy in an “incredibly violent attack” by four gunmen, killing two officers and injuring three others. .

Four gunmen in two cars ambushed a convoy of government vehicles transporting convicted criminals from court to prison on Tuesday morning in France.French Le Parisien report The focus of the escape is 30-year-old Mohamed Amra, who goes by the nickname “The Fly.”

The man was found guilty of robbery on May 10, and is also reportedly charged with “kidnapping…causing death” and “attempted murder by organized gang.” According to the paper’s police sources, he is “alleged to be at the head of a drug network”. Additionally, Amla reportedly attempted to escape from prison last week and he was already under tight security.

The attack on prison officers transporting Amla from the courtrooms at Rouen and Evreux prisons was said to be carried out by special forces, and two vehicles ambushed the convoy at a toll road toll collection point. Images from the scene show a black car colliding head-on with the lead vehicle.

It is believed the getaway vehicle was quickly abandoned and burned, and the occupants transferred to another unknown vehicle.

Forensic scientists work at the scene of an early morning ramming attack on a toll road in Encarville, in northern France’s Eure region, on May 14, 2024. On May 14, two French prison officers were killed and two others injured. A police source told AFP that the attack involved a prison van transporting escaped prisoners. (Photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP) (Photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP, Getty Images)

Police gather at the scene of an early morning ramming attack on a toll road in Encarville, in northern France’s Eure region, on May 14, 2024. On May 14, two French prison officers were killed and two others injured. Police sources told AFP that a prison van carrying escaped prisoners was attacked. (Photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP) (Photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP, Getty Images)

A police officer loads a burnt-out getaway car used in an early morning ramming attack on the Inkaville toll road in Gauville-la-Campagne, in the Eure region of northern France, on May 14, 2024. Two French prison officers were killed and two others injured on May 14 when a prison van transporting escaped prisoners was attacked, a police source told AFP. (Photo credit: Alain JOCARD/AFP) (Photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP, Getty Images)

Video footage purportedly showing the attack; What members of parliament shared X/Twitter shows a man in a hoodie carrying a long gun. Laughter can be heard in the background of the video, which appears to have been filmed from a passenger train by a member of the public who witnessed the prison officer’s murder.

France’s National Organized Crime Agency has now taken over the investigation, alleging “murder and attempted murder by organized gangs…obtaining and possessing weapons of war and criminal conspiracy to commit crimes.” ”.

Several government officials, including French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, condemned the attack, calling it an “attack of incredible violence” carried out by “brutal” perpetrators. In addition to the two dead prison officers (both fathers, one of whom left behind a wife who was five months pregnant), three others were injured, two with life-threatening injuries. It was revealed that he was in a serious condition.

President Emmanuel Macron said: “Everything is being done to find the perpetrators of this crime so that justice is done in the name of the French people.” Justice Minister Eric Dupont-Moretti said: “Everything is being done to find the perpetrators of this crime so that justice is done in the name of the French people.” He said life was no longer worth anything. “And they will be punished soon, report Le Figaro.

The French state has activated a special state of emergency, Operation Sparrowhawk, which frees up police officers from other duties and allows them to assist in the search for escaped prisoners and the gunman’s release. Hundreds of police officers are reportedly searching.

This story is developing

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