Nordine Ben Allal

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Nordine Ben Allal
Born 1978 or 1979
Criminal penalty 27-year prison sentence in June 2004
Criminal status Escaped prisoner

Nordine Ben Allal (born 1978 or 1979) is a Belgian criminal of Moroccan origin who was sentenced to a 27-year prison sentence in June 2004 for several robberies. In October 2007 he made headlines when he used a helicopter to escape from prison.

Escape attempts[edit]

Allal has escaped four times, in October 2000, in December 2000, in August 2004 and in October 2007.

Third attempt 2004[edit]

His third escape from prison took place from 8 August to 13 August 2004. During his escape, he was spotted by two police officers from the Police Zone Midi (which covers Anderlecht, Saint-Gilles and Vorst). The policemen followed him into the neighbouring municipality of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, where Ben Allal opened fire on them, injuring the two officers. He was the most wanted fugitive in Belgium during that week and was finally captured by special police teams while hiding in the trunk of a car. Ben Allal is considered to be one of the most dangerous criminals in Belgium. In November 2005 he was sentenced to an extra 12 years in prison for the shooting.

Fourth attempt 2007[edit]

His latest escape occurred on 28 October 2007 when he escaped again from the high security prison in Ittre, Belgium. A hijacked helicopter landed during the evening walk and several prisoners ran towards it to get a ride out of prison. The helicopter took off but crashed, and one prisoner was injured. During the distraction, Ben Allal and an accomplice were able to get away in guard uniforms and joined their awaiting helpers who had a car waiting for them, which was found abandoned a few hours later.

On 30 October 2007, Ben Allal attempted to commit an armed robbery with an accomplice in The Hague, Netherlands, but was arrested by the Dutch Police when trying to escape on a motorcycle.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Escape artist nabbed after spectacular prison break". The Sydney Morning Herald. October 31, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-06. A notorious criminal, who escaped from a Belgian prison after a hijacked helicopter crash-landed inside the prison grounds, has been recaptured in The Hague after a hold-up.