France: Two prison guards killed, inmate escapes in attack on van

Source: CBS News

“A manhunt was underway in France on Tuesday after two prison officers were killed and three others injured in an attack on a van that was carrying a convict who managed to escape amid the carnage. In a statement to reporters, French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said the convoy was transporting a prisoner from a courthouse to a prison in the northern city of Rouen when it was attacked by assailants armed with ‘heavy weapons.’ According to French news agency AFP, the vehicle was rammed by vehicles at a highway toll, allowing the prisoner to escape. … The prisoner was identified by French media as convicted burglar Mohamed Amra, who goes by the nicknamed La Mouche, or ‘The Fly.’ The Associated Press cited public prosecutor Laure Beccuau as saying the suspect is also being investigated for an alleged kidnapping and a separate homicide case in Marseille.” (05/14/24)