Interpol issues ‘red notice’ for escaped prisoner, alias 'The Fly', at France’s request

France on Wednesday issued a “red notice” for escaped prisoner Mohamed Amra, alias “The Fly”, said Interpol, as a massive manhunt was underway for an armed gang that ambushed a prison convoy, killing two prison officers and injuring three others before escaping with Amra.

The Interpol “red notice” alert said Amra, 30, was wanted for “conspiracy to commit murder with premeditation as part of an organized crime” among other charged.

The killing of the two prison officers at a motorway toll has shocked France, with the authorities under pressure to catch those responsible, who all remain at large.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said “unprecedented” efforts were being deployed. Hundreds of officers were mobilised in the search for escaped convict Amra, and the assailants who laid in wait for the prison van transporting him, ramming a car into it before opening fire on Tuesday.

The violence of the attack shocked France. Prison workers held moments of silence Wednesday outside prisons in Paris and elsewhere to commemorate the officers who were killed.

Darmanin, speaking Wednesday on RTL radio, expressed hope that Amra could be caught “in the coming days.”

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