A police van was hit with a Molotov cocktail during an ambush in France last week, according to reports.
The harrowing incident unfolded just after midnight on December 30 in Val-Fourré, a de facto 'no-go zone' in the commune of Mantes-la-Jolie.
Authorities were alerted about multiple vehicle fires in the area.
When emergency crews arrived, it became clear they had been lured into an ambush as a mob of combatants began launching explosives at them.
"On the spot, the firefighters and the police were attacked by about fifteen individuals who were equipped with fireworks and mortars," ACTU Penit reports.
"Tear gas grenades were not enough to restore calm. The officials called in the police officers of the CRS 8. The reinforcements provided a return to calm, however, none of the attackers were arrested."
Video footage of a flaming petrol bomb being hurled at a moving patrol van was shared on social media.
Officers fled the scene as fire from the detonated Molotov spread on the front of their vehicle.
"The officials could not stop, because they were surrounded by dozens of individuals. Yet the vehicle was on fire," according to ACTU Penit.
No injuries were reported in the attack. An investigation has been opened.
Police and emergency crews are frequently ambushed in Western European nations, particularly in migrant enclaves and 'no-go zones' where assailants draw little distinction between cops and first responders.
Assaults on fire personnel across France rose by 23 percent between 2017 and 2019, with French media calling it the "new normal."
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