French prison van attack: Who is escaped prisoner Mohamed Amra?

by 24britishtvMay 14, 2024, 10:01 p.m. 21
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Mohamed Amra - the prisoner who escaped from a prison van during an ambush by armed men who killed two prison officers and wounded others - is said to have ties to a gang in the southern city of Marseille, which has been plagued by drug-related gang violence.

Known as "The Fly", Amra was being taken from court to a prison in the city of Rouen near Paris on Tuesday when a car rammed the prison van at a toll booth and armed men opened fire.

Prosecutors say the 30-year-old had been convicted of burglary on 10 May and had also been indicted by prosecutors in Marseille for a kidnapping that led to a death.

He was being held at the Val de Reuil prison, near Rouen, and had reportedly appeared at a nearby court in relation to those new charges prior to the ambush.

Amra was not a "closely watched inmate", prosecutor Laura Beccuau said, using a term for highly dangerous prisoners.

However his transportation still reportedly required a "level three escort" which meant there were five prison officers travelling with him.

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