Attack on Prisoner Transport in France: Prisoner on the Run, Two Officers Dead

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.14 - 2024 2:40 PM CET

Photo: WIkimedia Commons
Photo: WIkimedia Commons
A van was ambushed near the city of Rouen in Normandy.

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A prisoner transport van was ambushed near the city of Rouen in Normandy, resulting in the deaths of at least two French prison officers and the escape of one prisoner.

According to Die Presse, the attack occurred at the Incarville toll booth and has triggered a massive manhunt.

Attack Details and Casualties

Early reports indicate that the attackers used a vehicle to ram the prison van around 11 a.m., before opening fire on the officers.

Images on social media show a black SUV colliding head-on with the white justice van.

Following the attack, one of the attackers' vehicles was found burned out, suggesting a planned escape route. French media have confirmed that a prisoner managed to escape during the chaos.

French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti has confirmed that two officers were killed and three others were seriously injured. However, the AFP news agency has reported, citing police sources, that three prison guards were killed.

The Ministry of Justice crisis team has convened to respond to the situation.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin expressed his determination to capture the perpetrators, stating on the messaging service X, "Every means is being used to find these criminals. On my instructions, several hundred police and gendarmes are being mobilized."

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