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Notorious gangster escapes prison with high tech helicopter

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Redoine Faid, a notorious gangster has escaped by helicopter from a prison in the Paris region. He was helped by several heavily armed men who created a diversion at the prison entrance while the helicopter landed in the courtyard. The helicopter flew to the nearby Gonesse area, where it was found by local police.

French news website Europe 1 reports that Faid and his accomplices escaped from the prison courtyard which was not protected by a net. Gunmen took him from the visiting room before fleeing by air and reports suggest the helicopter pilot may have been taken hostage.

Faid  has been serving a 25-year sentence for a failed robbery during which a police officer was killed. His first prison break was in 2013, where he escaped after seizing four guards as human shields and blowing several doors off with dynamite. He staged that escape less than half an hour after arriving at the prison.

“Everything is being done to locate the fugitive,” an interior ministry official said.

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