French Prisoner Escapes After Dynamiting Through Doors

 

 

”  Redoine Faid, who published a book on life as a criminal in France’s tough city suburbs, took four prison guards hostage inside Sequedin prison near Lille on Saturday morning. He then set off a series of explosions, blowing open five prison doors in turn, allegedly using explosives that his wife had smuggled into prison that morning wrapped in handkerchiefs.

Photos taken immediately after the explosion showed a door blasted open, the reinforcements hanging out from within the white metal barrier.

Faid, 40, released the guards but escaped in a car which was later found burnt out near Ronchin, south of Lille. Police were trying to trace a second vehicle to which he was thought to have switched.

“It happened very quickly, it was clearly very well organised, and we are still busy putting the facts together,” a local administrative official said.

Faid’s lawyer, Jean-Louis Pelletier, told French newspaper Le Parisien that he was “not at all surprised” that his client had escaped.” “