Massive manhunt in France for prison-break gang that gunned down officers

15 May 2024, 14:44

A patrol of gendarmes in France
Gendarmes. Picture: PA

The convoy was transporting Mohamed Amra back to jail in the Normandy town of Evreux after a court hearing in Rouen.

A massive manhunt is under way in France for an armed gang that killed two prison officers and seriously injured three others as part of a scheme to spring an inmate they were escorting.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said “unprecedented” efforts were deployed, with hundreds of officers mobilised in the search for the escaped convict Mohamed Amra and the assailants who ambushed the convoy transporting him on Tuesday.

The violence of the attack shocked France. Prison workers held moments of silence Wednesday outside prisons in Paris and elsewhere to commemorate the officers who were killed.

France Prison Break
Mohamed Amra (Interpol via AP)

Mr Darmanin, speaking on RTL radio, expressed hope that Amra could be caught “in the coming days”.

Without giving full details about the extent of the manhunt, he said 450 officers had been deployed in the region of the attack to search for the assailants and clues about their whereabouts.

“The means employed are considerable,” he said. “We are progressing a lot.”

The convoy was transporting Amra back to jail in the Normandy town of Evreux after a court hearing in Rouen when it was ambushed on the A154 motorway.

Amra, 30, had a long criminal record, with at least 13 convictions for robbery and other crimes, the first when he was just 15, said Paris prosecutor Laure Beccuau.

One of the officers killed was a 52-year-old captain in the prison service, where he had worked for nearly 30 years, and a father of two, the prosecutor said.

The other officer killed, aged 34, was a married father-to-be, she said.

By Press Association

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

Election 2024 New Hampshire AI Robocalls

Political consultant behind fake Biden robocalls faces £4.7 million fine

Volunteers provide lime sugar water to people at a camp set up to prevent heat stroke in Karachi

Doctors treat hundreds of heatstroke victims as Pakistan hit by heatwave

Debbie Voulgaris was arrested at Taoyuan International Airport in December last year after border security discovered drug-packed plastic bags inside her luggage

Mother-of-five faces execution by 'gunshot to heart' over alleged drug smuggling to Taiwan

France Attack Probe

Man held in France over killings post as Olympic torch passes through Bordeaux

Italy Brunelleschi Discovery

Unknown bust of Florence Cathedral dome architect found after 700 years

Germany Far Right

Alternative for Germany party expelled from European Parliament grouping

Biden US Kenya

Biden praises Kenyan president for ‘bold leadership’ during state visit

APTOPIX Iran

Iran buries late president at holy Shiite site after fatal helicopter crash

Bosnia Srebrenica UN

UN approves resolution to commemorate 1995 Srebrenica massacre annually

AI prompt chat bot. Search website to generate data, text or image. Man using computer with artificial intelligence app. Virtual assistant.

White House pushes tech industry to act on sexually abusive AI deepfakes

Campus Protests Commencements Harvard

Group of graduates walk out of Harvard ceremony chanting ‘Free, free Palestine’

Ticketmaster Antitrust Lawsuit

US Justice Department sues Ticketmaster and Live Nation over ‘illegal monopoly’

A Russian army rocket launcher at an undisclosed location in Ukraine

Seven killed by Russian missiles in Ukraine’s second-largest city

Taiwan China Drills

Taiwan scrambles jets and puts naval units on alert over China’s military drills

Cassie has urged her Instagram followers to “open your heart to believing the victims the first time”

Singer Cassie breaks silence after video emerges of her being 'beaten up' by P Diddy in hotel

Security forces stand around a stage that collapsed due to a gust of wind during an event attended by Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Maynez on the outskirts of Monterey

Nine dead as high wind topples stage at Mexican campaign rally