French convict escapes from prison with a helicopter

ASSOCIATED PRESS
PARIS
Published 01.07.2018 15:47
Updated 01.07.2018 20:21
This picture taken in Gonesse, north of Paris shows police near a French helicopter Alouette II abandoned by French armed robber Redoine Faid after his escape from prison in Reau. (AFP Photo)
This picture taken in Gonesse, north of Paris shows police near a French helicopter Alouette II abandoned by French armed robber Redoine Faid after his escape from prison in Reau. (AFP Photo)

France's Justice Ministry says a Frenchman convicted of murder has escaped from prison using a helicopter.

The ministry said Redoine Faid's escape only took "a few minutes" Sunday and no one was injured or taken hostage. It says "an armed commando landed in a helicopter in the courtyard as the prisoner was in the visiting room" of Reau Prison, south of Paris.

French police have begun a manhunt and prosecutors have opened an investigation.

It's not the first time that Faid, 46, has gone on the lam. In 2013, he blasted his way out of prison with explosives concealed in tissue packs. He was arrested at a hotel six weeks later.

Faid was sentenced to 25 years in the 2010 death of a young policewoman killed during a botched robbery.

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