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Latest update : 2009-02-18

Two men convicted of armed robberies, who used explosives to blast their way out of Moulins prison in central France on Sunday, were recaptured by police in the town of Creteil near Paris. Local reports said gunfire had been exchanged.

AFP - Two armed convicts who blasted their way out of a French jail taking guards and motorists hostage were captured Tuesday near Paris, police said.
   
The pair, armed with at least one handgun, were picked up at around 0500 GMT on a main road near the capital's satellite town of Creteil.
   
A source close to the investigation said gunfire was exchanged although no-one was injured.
   
Described as gangsters, the duo escaped from a jail in central France on Sunday after taking two guards hostage and using smuggled explosives to blow open security gates, officials said.
   
They stole a vehicle and police, including officers from the elite GIPN special weapons squad, gave chase in squad cars and helicopters.
   
On Monday, they kidnapped a motorist Willy Peters and his grandson in the northern town of Amiens and forced them to drive to Arras, closer to the Belgian border, where they released them unharmed.
  

Date created : 2009-02-17

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