Attack on prison van in France: ‘unprecedented’ manhunt for The Fly prisoner as guards are ‘slaughtered like dogs’

CCTV footage shows armed men ramming a French prison van and killing guards to free the drug dealer

Two prison guards who were “slaughtered like dogs” in a fatal attack in France have been named as an “unprecedented” nationwide manhunt for their killers continues and the escaped prisoner nicknamed ‘The Fly’ continues for a second day.

Suspected drug boss Mohamed Amra, 30, was being transported from a court hearing in Rouen to a secure prison in Evreux when his prison van was ambushed by four armed men shortly after 11am on Tuesday.

Fabrice Moello, a 52-year-old father of two, and Arnaud Garcia, a 35-year-old whose wife was five months pregnant, were killed in machine gun fire on the A154 highway in Val-de-Reuil in Normandy. another three guards were seriously injured.

French Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti mentioned them for the first time on Wednesday, saying the two prison guards – both from Caen – were “slaughtered like dogs by men for whom life means nothing”.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told RTL Radio that around 450 officers had been mobilized in an “unprecedented” search.

Amra – who is known to police as the boss of a narcotics network and has a total of thirteen convictions to his name – fled with the attackers in two vehicles, which were abandoned and found burned a short time later.

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How the deadly French prison ambush unfolded while ‘The Fly’ is still on the run

As trucks and cars full of families rolled into the highway toll plaza in Incarville in northwestern France, it felt like any other weekday morning.

The attackers fired more than 30 bullets from automatic weapons, killing two prison guards and wounding three more before fleeing with the prisoner, 30-year-old Mohamed Amra, in a brutal attack witnessed by shocked motorists on the A417 highway near the town of Val . -de-Reuil.

Tara CobhamMay 15, 2024 11:08 AM

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The hunt for killers continues as prosecutors investigate the murder

The manhunt for the killers is led by the GIPN, the elite Gendarme National Intervention Group.

Prosecutors from the National Jurisdiction for the Fight against Organized Crime (JUNALCO) have opened an investigation into “murder and attempted murder by an organized gang” – crimes punishable by life in prison.

They are also investigating escape into an organized gang, ‘acquisition and possession of weapons of war’ and ‘criminal association with a view to committing a crime’.

Prison staff unions staged protests Wednesday morning, saying their work was becoming increasingly dangerous.

It follows a Paris Senate report highlighting the ‘Mexicanization’ of France’s drug trade, with gangs becoming increasingly powerful.

Amra has been linked to a Marseille-based company called ‘The Blacks’.

Tara CobhamMay 15, 2024 10:30 AM

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Gendarme reservist living near toll both heard ‘very intense series of gunshots’

A gendarme reservist who lives close to the Incarville toll booth said he heard “a very intense series of gunshots” during the attack on the police convoy.

They said: “I was in my garden when it happened.

“I heard a first series of about thirty shots from automatic weapons. A very intense series of gunshots. Then nothing more.

‘The silence lasted a minute, maybe two. Then I heard a very loud bang that sounded like a grenade, followed by two final shots and then that was it.”

One of the unknown attackers was slightly injured before the gang fled in an Audi A5 and a BMW 5 Series, both of which have since been found abandoned and burnt out.

Two gunmen (one left and the other centre) seen after a stolen black Peugeot vehicle rammed a prison van transporting a prisoner during an attack in France (AFP via Getty Images)

Tara CobhamMay 15, 2024 10:00 am

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Amra is under ‘special supervision’ but is not considered a terrorism suspect, the Minister of Justice confirms

Mohamed Amra, who has a total of thirteen convictions, was under “special supervision” but was not considered radicalized or a terrorist suspect, French Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti confirmed on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old is reportedly known to police as the boss of a narcotics network and has already been charged in connection with an execution.

A police source said: “He is suspected of ordering an assassination attempt in Marseille on June 17, 2022.

“The charred corpse of a man was found in a burnt-out vehicle, in the town of Le Rove, bordering Marseille. The victim had apparently been executed beforehand with a bullet to the head.”

Amra was charged by Marseille police with kidnapping and seizure resulting in death, a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

Tara CobhamMay 15, 2024 09:30

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Moment gunmen ram a French prison van and kill guards to free a prisoner captured on CCTV

CCTV footage showed an SUV ramming into the prison van at a toll booth before men attacked it with automatic weapons and took a prisoner from the vehicle before setting it on fire and fleeing the scene.

The incident in Val-de-Reuil in the Eure region led to a major manhunt.

The prisoner is Mohamed Amra – also known as “The Fly”, a 30-year-old drug dealer from northern France, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office and police sources.

He was convicted of burglary on May 10 and held in Val-de-Reuil prison.

Moment gunmen ram a French prison van and kill guards to free a prisoner captured on CCTV

Masked gunmen ambushed a French prison van on Tuesday, May 14, killing two guards, to free a suspected drug dealer. CCTV footage showed an SUV ramming into the prison van at a toll booth before men attacked it with automatic weapons and took a prisoner from the vehicle before setting it on fire and fleeing the scene. The incident in Val-de-Reuil in the Eure region led to a major manhunt. The prisoner is Mohamed Amra – also known as “The Fly”, a 30-year-old drug dealer from northern France, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office and police sources. He was convicted of burglary on May 10 and held in Val-de-Reuil prison.

Tara CobhamMay 15, 2024 9:07 AM

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Prison staff called ‘slaughtered like dogs’ in France

Two prison guards who were “slaughtered like dogs” in a murderous attack on a police convoy in France were named for the first time today as the hunt for their killers continued.

Fabrice Moello, a 52-year-old father of two, and Arnaud Garcia, a 35-year-old whose wife was five months pregnant, were riddled with machine gun fire on Tuesday morning.

They were part of a convoy taking Mohammed Amra – a suspected drug lord nicknamed ‘The Fly’ and who is 30 – back to his cell after a trial in the Normandy capital Rouen.

As of Wednesday morning, he was still on the run with four other men responsible for the massacre at a highway toll booth near the town of Val-de-Reuil.

French Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti released gruesome new details about the killings, saying that Mr Moello and Mr Garcia – both from Caen – were “slaughtered like dogs by men for whom life means nothing.” . Surveillance cameras captured the chilling executions, with automatic weapons firing more than 30 shots.

At one point, a member of the gang – all wearing black sportswear with the hood up – left a victim dead with a “double tap” to the head.

Some officers managed to get their service pistols, but they were no match for the gang’s enormous firepower.

Three injured officers remain in intensive care, one with a bullet in the forehead, Dupond-Moretti said.

Tara CobhamMay 15, 2024 08:13

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Everything we know about a prisoner of the ‘drug boss’ who is on the run after an armed ambush

Two prison guards were shot dead while three others were seriously injured in the shooting, which took place in broad daylight on a highway about an hour’s drive from Paris. Named as Mohammed Amra, 30, he is believed to be the boss of a narcotics network known by the nickname “La Mouche”, which translates to “The Fly”.

Dramatic footage from the scene shows men wearing black sportswear and using automatic submachine guns as motorists look on in horror.

Tara CobhamMay 15, 2024 8:00 am

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Prison unions in France call for ‘blockade’ of prisons in support of two dead officers

Prison unions in France reportedly announced a “blockade” of prisons and other facilities on Wednesday in support of the two slain officers.

“This day should be a day of ‘dead prisons’ and may be extended,” the union group said in a press release. They are calling for a meeting with the Minister of Justice and his departments to also discuss a series of demands.

In previous union “blockades,” striking prison guards have placed their picket lines along facility entrances in an attempt to block all access. In 2018, there were major national prison blockades after a wave of attacks on guards.

Meanwhile, French police are still searching for a group of gunmen who killed two prison guards in an attack on a motorway toll, freeing a convict, 30-year-old Amra, linked to gangland drug killings.

French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on X that “every effort is being made to find the perpetrators.”

Maroosha MuzaffarMay 15, 2024 07:30

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Footage shows the moment black vehicles ram a prison van

Video footage has been shared on the BBC of the moment a black vehicle rams a prison van carrying inmate Mohamed Amra, resulting in the deaths of two prison officers.

Other images shared on social media showed hooded armed men approaching the vehicle with automatic submachine guns.

Holly EvansMay 15, 2024 7:00 am

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ICYMI: Prison van attack in France: two officers killed and prisoner ‘The Fly’ on the run after ambush

A suspected drug boss nicknamed ‘The Fly’ escaped when masked gunmen ambushed his prison van in northern France in a brutal attack that left two guards dead.

The horrors took place at around 9am local time on Tuesday at a motorway toll gate in Incarville, near the town of Val-de-Reuil in Normandy.

Two officers were shot dead and three others seriously injured while the prisoner, named by French media as Mohamed Amra, remained at large.

Shocking footage showed the hooded attackers firing automatic machine guns at the prison van, which had been stopped by a black car that crashed into its front.

As the gunmen surrounded the vehicle, another video captured one of them opening a door before the detainee was released in full view of shocked motorists.

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