French robber blasts his way out of prison, takes four COs hostage
Staged a dramatic and "very well organized" escape from the prison in the French town of Sequedin
SEQUEDIN, France — A well-known French robber Redoine Faid blasted five doors and took four prison guards hostage to make his way out of a prison in northern France. The police have launched a manhunt, describing the escaped prisoner as “particularly dangerous.”
Faid, notorious for armed robberies of cash-in-transit vehicles, staged a dramatic and “very well organized” escape from the prison in the French town of Sequedin, the police and local officials said on Saturday.
For the start, Faid used smuggled explosives to blast through five prison doors. He then took four prison wardens hostage as he was making his way through the jail.
The criminal released one the hostages just outside the prison. He then let go another one some hundreds of meters away, and left the remaining two next to a motorway. All were reportedly left in shock, but unharmed, state prosecutor Frederic Fevre said, as cited by AFP.
Meanwhile, the escaped robber jumped into a getaway car and sped to the town of Ronchin, south of Lille. There, he got into another vehicle – but not before setting his first car on fire.