The Fly: CCTV shows moment gunmen ram French prison van and kill guards to free ‘drug-dealing’ inmate

Masked gunmen ambushed a French prison van, killing two guards, to free a suspected drug dealer known as “The Fly” on Tuesday, 14 May.

CCTV footage showed an SUV ramming into the prison van at a toll booth before men attacked it with automatic weapons and took an inmate out of the vehicle before setting it on fire and fleeing the scene.

A major manhunt was triggered by the incident in Val-de-Reuil in the Eure region.

The inmate is Mohamed Amra, a 30-year-old suspected drug dealer from northern France, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office and police sources.

He was convicted of burglary on 10 May and was being held at the Val-de-Reuil prison.