France prison convoy attack: Inmate on the run after guards killed in ambush

Hundreds of police officers have been deployed after heavily armed men attacked a prison convoy in France - with a convict who is reportedly nicknamed "The Fly" having escaped during the raid. Two male prison officers have been shot dead and three others were seriously injured during the ambush on a motorway in Incarville in northwest France at around 9am local time. Eric Dupond-Moretti, France's minister of justice, has said one of the prison officers who was killed leaves behind a wife who was five months pregnant, while the other leaves a wife and two children.

He added that two of those who were injured are in a critical condition. Footage from the scene shows two hooded men with guns patrolling the area near a tollbooth on the A154 motorway. Video also shows what appears to be the aftermath of a collision between a van linked to the prison convoy and a black vehicle.

The prisoner was able to escape after several men used two vehicles to target the convoy, a police source has told the French news agency AFP.

Footage shows a gunman at the scene. Pic: Snapchat/Yan78780Image: Footage shows a gunman at the scene. Pic: Snapchat/Yan78780

The escaped detainee is a man named Mohamed Amra who was convicted of "burglary theft" and is nicknamed "The Fly", according to BFM TV.

A police source has said Amra was also suspected of ordering a murder in Marseille and had ties to the city's powerful "Blacks" gang. Advertisement He had reportedly appeared before a judge in Rouen this morning accused of attempted homicide.

The attack on the prison van took place while he was being transported back to prison in Evreux, according to reports in France.

Footage shows the aftermath of a collision Image: Footage shows the aftermath of a collision

A prison source has told Le Parisien that the escaped inmate had tried to saw the bars off his cell two days ago. He had reportedly been placed in solitary confinement and his surveillance level had been raised after the escape attempt. Gerald Darmanin, France's interior minister, has said "several hundred police officers" have been deployed to "find these criminals" following the attack on the convoy today.

One of the vehicles used on the attack was found burned-out in a location which was not specified by the police source who spoke to AFP.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said the attack is a "shock to us all". Writing on the X social media platform, he added: "This morning's attack, which cost the lives of prison officers, is a shock to us all. "The Nation stands alongside the families, the injured and their colleagues.

"Everything is being done to find the perpetrators of this crime so that justice can be done in the name of the French people.

We will be intractable."