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Notorious prison breaks

  • A member of the French ERIS police service stands guard in front of the destroyed door of the Sequedin prison, on April 13, 2013 in Sequedin, after one of France's most dangerous gangsters, known for brazen attacks on cash-in-transit vehicles, blasted his way out of jail after taking several wardens hostage on April 13. Redoine Faid, who risked a heavy sentence over the 2010 death of a policewoman, used explosives to blast through five prison doors and break free in the northern town of Sequedin. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images) PHILIPPE HUGUEN

    Career criminal Redoine Faid's audacious escape from a French prison Saturday, using smuggled explosives, has landed him on Interpol's "most wanted" list.

    The 40-year old convicted armed robber used explosives hidden inside tissue packets to blast open five separate prison doors.

    During the audacious break-out he took four wardens hostage, but released one just outside the prison, before driving off with the others in a getaway car.

    Faid then released another guard several hundred yards from the prison, and the final two on a stretch of highway.

    He then torched the vehicle near Lille, and got into another.

    Authorities said Faid is armed, and possibly still possesses explosives.


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