A notorious French gangster broke out of prison last Sunday morning, when three heavily armed accomplices landed a helicopter in the jail courtyard and flew off with him, according to local reports.
Redoine Faid, 46, had been serving a 25-year sentence at a suburban Paris jail for a 2010 failed robbery in which a 26-year-old police officer was killed.
Last Sunday morning, three men armed with AK-47s landed a helicopter in the Réau prison courtyard, disabled security cameras and flew off with the French-Algerian gangster in just a few minutes without injuring anyone, prison officials told Le Monde.
The helicopter was set afire and found by police hours later, a source told the paper.
This is the second time the career criminal has pulled off a daring jailbreak.
In April 2013, he broke out of a different jail by taking four prison guards hostage and using explosives hidden in tissue packets to blast his way through the gates. He was nabbed six weeks later in a hotel outside Paris.