Massive Manhunt in France Underway After Deadly Prison Break

PARIS (AP) – A massive manhunt was underway in France on Wednesday to search for a gunman who killed two prison guards and seriously injured three others while trying to remove prisoners in transit. I was worried.

French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin said hundreds of police had been mobilized to search for escaped prisoner Mohamed Amra and the assailants who ambushed the convoy transporting him on Tuesday, calling it an “unprecedented ” said the initiative has been rolled out.

The violence of the attack shocked France. Prison officials held moments of silence Wednesday outside prisons in Paris and elsewhere to remember the slain police officers.

Speaking on RTL radio on Wednesday, Darmanin expressed hope that Amla could be arrested “within a few days.” He did not give full details about the scope of the search, but said 450 police officers were deployed to the area of ​​the attack, searching for clues about the attackers and their whereabouts.

“The methods used are substantial,” he said. “We are making great progress.”

After a court hearing in Rouen, a convoy was ambushed on the A154 motorway while transporting Amla to a prison in the Normandy town of Evreux.

Amla, 30, has a long criminal record, with at least 13 convictions for crimes including robbery, the first of which was when he was 15, Paris prosecutor Laure Becuau said.

One of the slain officers was a 52-year-old correctional officer and father of two who had worked at the prison for nearly 30 years, prosecutors said. The other police officer killed was 34 years old, married, and a father-to-be.