The RAID (French special police forces) have detained an inmate, who had pledged allegiance to Daesh and had barricaded himself in the French prison in Conde-sur-Sarthe, the country's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner wrote on Twitter.
Shortly before that, journalists at the scene claimed that explosions were heard there. One of the reporters posted a video of alleged blasts on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, the Figaro newspaper reported that a detainee serving a 30-year sentence in France stabbed two guards with a knife and barricaded himself in one of the prison rooms with his wife.
The France Soir newspaper identified the attacker as 27-year-old Michael Chiolo and reported that he had attacked the guards shouting "Allahu Akbar!". According to the outlet, most likely the pregnant wife of the prisoner carried the knife to the prison. A ceramic product could not be detected with a metal detector at the entrance, and the woman was not examined because of her condition.
According to Actu17, he has pledged allegiance to the Daesh* terrorist group and refused to surrender to the police. At the same time, France Info reported that he might be wearing an explosive belt. Police special forces were called to the scene; the investigation has been entrusted to the anti-terrorism unit of the prosecutor's office.
According to the Justice Ministry, the incident took place in a prison in the municipality of Conde-sur-Sarthe (Department Orne) in the north-west of the country. On Tuesday morning, the convict managed to get hold of a ceramic knife in a visiting room, after which he attacked the guards. Two of them were injured and hospitalized. The attacker barricaded himself in the room along with his wife, who had come on a date.
In November 2015, he appeared before the court again and was further convicted for one year on charges of justifying terrorism: during a walk in the prison yard, he acted out the terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people shortly before that.
*Daesh — a terrorist group, banned in numerous countries, including Russia