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French counterterrorism inquiry launched into prison attack

January 11, 2018 GMT
FILE - This Friday, Dec.15, 2017 shows an outside view of the prison in Vendin le Vieil, northern France. Paris' prosecutor's office says it has opened a counterterrorism investigation into attempted murder after an incident at notorious high security French prison Vendin le Vieil. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
FILE - This Friday, Dec.15, 2017 shows an outside view of the prison in Vendin le Vieil, northern France. Paris' prosecutor's office says it has opened a counterterrorism investigation into attempted murder after an incident at notorious high security French prison Vendin le Vieil. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors say they have opened a counterterrorism investigation into attempted murder after an attack at a high-security prison in northern France.

The Paris prosecutor’s office can’t confirm details of the Thursday afternoon attack at the Vendin le Vieil prison that French media say was launched by a knife-wielding inmate against several people.

French media say no one has been killed and no one is in a life-threatening condition.

The prosecutor’s office said its investigation was launched by its anti-terrorism branch Thursday and centered on the attempted murder of civil servants.