Notorious criminal uses helicopter in spectacular French prison break
A gangster Redoine Faid, serving 25 years imprisonment escaped from jail in Paris aboard a helicopter in a spectacular style, France24.com reported.
The prisoner escaped after three men aided with rifles and smoke bombs arrived at the prison compound in a hijacked helicopter. Two men broke into the visitors’ room where Faid was talking to his brother while the third one guarded the helicopter, a BBC report said.
After fleeing the prison, the police later found the helicopter in a nearby Gonesse area. The France24.com report quoting police said, “the helicopter pilot was a flight instructor waiting for a student when he was seized by Faid’s accomplices. He was forced to fly before being later freed in a state of shock.”
This is the second time Redoine Faid successfully escaped from the prison in last six years. “In 2013, he escaped after seizing four guards as human shields and blowing several doors off with dynamite.” That time he was on the run for six weeks.
As per the reports, Faid is serving the sentence for masterminding a botched armed robbery in 2010 in which a policewoman was killed.
French police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the fugitive. The BBC report said that nearly 3000 policemen have been drafted in to find Faid.