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France’s Top Gangster Makes Spectacular Escape from Prison France’s Top Gangster Makes Spectacular Escape from Prison

April 15, 2013 - One of the most dangerous gangsters in all of France, who is known for his brazen attacks on armored vehicles, blew his way out of prison after he had taken several hostages, said prison officials.

Redoine Faid was in prison and facing a possible long sentence over the death in 2010 of a French policewoman. On Saturday, Faid used explosives to blast his way through five doors at the prison to freedom in Sequedin a town in northern France.

Helicopters in the air and police on the ground were tracking the escapee, who set his getaway car ablaze just south of Lille prior to entering a second vehicle.

Officials said that Faid, the country’s most wanted person a couple of years ago was considered very dangerous and was armed with explosives and other weapons.

Interpol was contacted to help find Faid and France issued a warrant that was Europe wide for the apprehension of Faid. French authorities said the initial focus would be on Belgium since France shares a border with the country, but will extend to other countries as well.

Authorities said Faid was holding four hostages during his jailbreak. He released one just after escaping the prison and another about 350 feet later. The last two were then left along a stretch of highway.

Officials said that the jail in Sequedin was inadequate to house criminals such as Faid who are so dangerous. They claimed the hostage taking had been planned in a methodical fashion by Faid and complained that the search of detainees at the jail was not thorough.

Faid’s wife visited him early Saturday morning, but her lawyer denied vehemently that she was involved in any way in her husband’s escape.

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