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Inmate escapes, 2 guards killed after gang attacks prison van in France

A forensic is at work at the site of a ramming attack which took place late morning at a road toll in Incarville in the Eure region of northern France, on May 14, 2024. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
A forensic is at work at the site of a ramming attack which took place late morning at a road toll in Incarville in the Eure region of northern France, on May 14, 2024. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

A manhunt is underway in France after to free an inmate.

The escaped prisoner was identified as Mohamed Amra, a convicted burglar who goes by the nicknamed La Mouche, or “The Fly.”

Amra is also the subject of an investigation of in Marseille, according to the Associated Press.

Another three guards were injured in the carnage, which occurred around 11 a.m. local time while the convoy was en route to Rouen in northern France. Multiple vehicles struck the van at a toll booth and assailants fired “heavy weapons” to aid the escape before fleeing with the prisoner.

“All means are being used to find these criminals,” . “On my instructions, several hundred police officers and gendarmes were mobilized.”

A Police officer loads of a burnt-out escape car that had been used during a ramming attack which took place late morning at a Incarville's road toll, in Gauville-la-Campagne, in the Eure region of northern France, on May 14, 2024. Two French prison officers were killed and two others wounded on May 14 in an attack on a prison van transporting an inmate who escaped, a police source told AFP. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
A Police officer loads of a burnt-out escape car that had been used during a ramming attack which took place late morning at a Incarville’s road toll, in Gauville-la-Campagne, in the Eure region of northern France, on May 14, 2024. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers gather at the site of a ramming attack which took place late morning at a road toll in Incarville in the Eure region of northern France, on May 14, 2024. Two French prison officers were killed and two others wounded on May 14 in an attack on a prison van transporting an inmate who escaped, a police source told AFP. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers gather at the site of a ramming attack which took place late morning at a road toll in Incarville in the Eure region of northern France, on May 14, 2024. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

said during a news conference that it was the first time since 1992 a French prison service worker has died in the line of duty.

“Everything, and I mean everything, will be done to find the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” he said. “These are people for whom life means nothing. They will be caught, they will be judged, and they will be punished according to the crime they have committed.”

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