PARIS (NEWsnet/AP) — A massive manhunt was underway Wednesday in France for armed assailants who ambushed a prison convoy, killing two prison officers.

Three others were injured and the inmate they were escorting was sprung. Prime Minister Gabriel Attal vowed the gang will be caught.

“We are tracking you, we will find you and we will punish you,” Attal said. “They will pay for what they have done.”

The escaped convict, Mohamed Amra, 30, has a long criminal record, with at least 13 convictions for robbery and other crimes, prosecutors said.

France Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said “unprecedented” efforts are being deployed. Hundreds of officers were mobilized in the search for Amra and for the assailants who waited for the prison van transporting him, ramming a car into it before opening fire Tuesday.

One of the officers killed was a 52-year-old captain in the prison service, where he had worked for nearly 30 years, and a father of two,Paris prosecutor Laure Beccuau said. The other officer killed, age 34, was a married father-to-be, she said.

Prison workers held moments of silence Wednesday outside prisons in Paris and elsewhere to commemorate the officers who were killed.

The attack appeared to have been carefully prepared. The convoy was transporting Amra to jail in the town of Évreux after a hearing with an investigator in Rouen.

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