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The northern region of France is the setting for an “unprecedented” manhunt after a prisoner escaped while being escorted.

The ambush took place in Normandy on Tuesday when Mohamed Amra, was transported from court back to jail. A car rammed his prison van at a toll booth and armed men opened fire on the van.

Two officers were killed and three others were seriously injured.

The country’s Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, told French media on Wednesday that the attack was barbaric.

“It was of cold-blooded barbarity… All means are being used to find these criminals.”

This was iterated by French President Emmanuel Macron when he said that “everything is being done to find the perpetrators”.

In protest of the officers killed, a walkout has been organised by prison officers across France. Others were only performing essential tasks.

This event has been noted as the first fatal attack on prison staff in France for more than three decades.

Image credit: Sky News

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