A French armed robber narrowly avoided capture more than three weeks after escaping from prison, police say.
Convicted gangster Rédoine Faïd was once spotted through patrol officials near Paris on Tuesday, police resources advised AFP news agency.
He fled the scene and abandoned a car with explosives and faux number plates in a shopping centre car park.
On 1 July Faid, FORTY SIX, broke out of a prison with the help of armed accomplices who hijacked a helicopter.
The Jailbird King, as he’s dubbed by French media, was once serving a 25-12 months sentence for a 2010 failed robbery during which a police officer was once killed.
Image copyright IBO/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock Image caption This Is the second jail holiday pulled off by Redoine Faid (pictured in 2010)
Whilst police discovered the deserted vehicle with plastic explosives in an underground car park, government sealed off the buying groceries centre and bomb disposal mavens have been called in.
“We do not yet recognise the place the explosives were being taken,” a senior prosecutor advised AFP.
This Is the primary sighting of the escaped convict because 1 July, after which a few 2,900 law enforcement officials have joined a national manhunt.
Media captionA local man describes listening to explosions all the way through first jailbreak