Armed men hijack a prison van in Normandy. Inset: Mohammed Amra, nicknamed 'La Mouche' (The Fly). Picture: Getty/Twitter

Hundreds of French police officers join manhunt for gang boss ‘The Fly’ after two guards killed in ambush on prison van

A huge manhunt is under way for a prisoner gang boss dubbed ‘The Fly’ after two French police officers were killed in an ambush as he was being taken from court to jail.

Two prison officers were killed and three injured after a van transporting prisoners, including The Fly, was attacked by four armed men.

Mohamed Amra, born in 1994, is now on the run following the onslaught.

French President Emmanuel Macron released a statement this evening, saying “everything is being done to find the perpetrators”.

Hundreds of French police officers and gendarmes have been deployed find Amra.

Two French prison officers were killed and two others wounded. Picture: Getty

The attack came as a van moved prisoners between Rouen and Evreux in Normandy, northern France, and was targetted at the Inarville toll on the A154 motorway in Val-de-Reuil at around 11am.

One of the killed officers’ wife is five months pregnant, French justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said, while the other leaves behind a wife and two children.

A manhunt for ‘The Fly’ has now been launched as police investigate the armed assault and killings.

Mohamed Amra 30, is convicted of burglary and theft and accused of attempted murder. He is also known to police as ‘the head of a narcotics network’, Le Parisien reported.

Amra attempted to saw the bars off his call and escape prison just two days ago, the paper reported, citing a prison source. He had since been placed in a disciplinary unit with his surveillance level raised.

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