Two people killed and inmate ‘on the run’ after attack on prison convoy in France

Two people killed and inmate 'on the run' after attack on prison convoy in France

Two prison officers have been killed after an attack on a convoy carrying an inmate – with the convict reportedly on the run.

Three other people are seriously injured after the reported “ramming car attack” on a motorway in Incarville in the northwestern France region of Eure.

Footage from the scene shows two hooded men with firearms and a prison van which appears to have been in a collision with a black vehicle.

Several men used two vehicles to target the convoy, a police source has told the French news agency AFP.

The escaped detainee is a man named Mohamed who was convicted of “burglary theft” and is nicknamed “The Fly”, according to Le Parisien.

He had appeared before a judge in Rouen this morning accused of attempted homicide, BFM TV reports.

The attack on the prison van took place while he was being transported back to prison in Evreux, the French broadcaster adds.

The escaped prisoner fled with those who attacked the convoy on Tuesday, Le Parisien reports.

Gerald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, has said “several hundred police officers” have been deployed to “find these criminals”.

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

The prison convoy was targeted at a tollbooth on the A154 motorway at about 11am local time, according to reports.

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.”

French justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti posted on X: “A prison convoy was attacked in Eure. Two of our prison officers have died, three are seriously injured.

“All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and their colleagues.”