France: attack on a prison police van, 2 officers killed: drug trafficker escapes


By John

Three prison officers were killed in an attack on a mobile phone carrying an inmate in the department of Eure, Normandy. Mohamed A. nicknamed “La Mouche”, a thirty-year-old originally from the La Sabliere neighborhood in Rouen, convicted of drug trafficking and attempted murder, managed to escape together with the four armed men who carried out the attack on the A154 motorway, at Incarville toll booth, on the road between Rouen and Evreux. 'Moscà, according to the French authorities, is not included in the list of radicalized prisoners.

“This morning's attack is a shock for all of us” wrote French President Emmanuel Macron on ».

“A prison convoy was attacked in Eure. Three of our prison officers died, two were seriously injured. All my thoughts go to the victims, their families and their colleagues,” Justice Minister Eric wrote on Dupond-Moretti, who activated his ministry's “crisis unit”. One of these vehicles used in the assault was found charred shortly afterwards. According to a police source, one of the bandits was injured. , at the Incarville toll plaza, where traffic was stopped, there were several police vehicles and a white tent was set up, an AFP correspondent at the scene noted.

“The 'Epervier' plan has been activated. All means are being used to find these criminals. On my order, several hundred police officers and gendarmes have been mobilized,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote in X.

200 gendarmes are involved, mainly departmental gendarmes and cyclists from Eure but also from neighboring departments (Seine-Maritime, Calvados, Val-d'Oise and Yvelines), as well as a helicopter, a police source said.