‘Radicalised’ prisoner attacks French jail guards

A prison inmate in northwestern France seriously wounded two guards on Tuesday in a knife attack that justice officials said was being investigated as a terror incident.

The 27-year-old inmate, considered a “radicalised” Islamist, attacked prison staff while shouting “Allahu Akhbar” (God is Greatest), prison staff representative Alassanne Sall told AFP.

He then retreated into a room with his wife who was visiting him at the high-security facility in Conde-sur-Sarthe in Normandy, the justice ministry said in a statement.

“It was truly a murder attempt. There was blood everywhere. The family-visiting unit was a battle scene,” said Sall, from the Force Ouvriere trade union.