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French cops in gunfight with Qaeda suspect

2012-03-21 10:00

Toulouse - Two police officers were injured in a shoot-out in Toulouse on Wednesday with a gunman claiming links to al Qaeda and who is believed to be responsible for the killing of four people at a Jewish school and three soldiers in southwest France.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant said that the 24-year-old man had made several visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan and had said that he was acting out of revenge for France's military involvement overseas.

"He claims to be a mujahideen and to belong to al Qaeda," Gueant told journalists at the scene of the siege.

"He wanted revenge for the Palestinian children and he also wanted to take revenge on the French army because of its foreign interventions," Gueant said.

Heavily armed police in bullet-proof vests and helmets cordoned off the residential area where the raid was taking place, in a suburb a few kilometres from the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school where Monday's shootings took place.

Reuters witnesses at the scene heard several shots at about 04:40 GMT.

Gueant said that police were also talking to the brother of the gunman, who is a French citizen from Toulouse.

Police sources told Reuters that a man had been arrested earlier on Wednesday at a separate location in connection with the killings.

Presidential elections

The gunman's mother had also been brought to the scene of the siege in a northern suburb of Toulouse to help with negotiations, Gueant said.

"Negotiations with the suspect are ongoing, gunfire has been exchanged," the minister said.

He said that France's President Nicolas Sarkozy had been informed of the situation at 03:00, when the raid began.

Authorities believe that the gunman in Monday's school shooting is the same person responsible for killing three soldiers of North African origin in two shootings last week in Toulouse and the nearby town of Montauban.

The same Colt 45 handgun was used in all three attacks and in each case the gunman arrived on a Yamaha scooter with his face hidden by a motorcycle helmet.

The killings come just five weeks before the first round of France's presidential elections in which immigration and Islam have been major themes as Sarkozy seeks to win over voters from far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Comments
  • craig.thom1 - 2012-03-21 10:06

    Don't negociate,shoot the evil spawn

      Shaun McDermott - 2012-03-21 10:26

      i am getting so sick and tired of these nausiating islamics. time to boot the cancer out of western europe.

      Jaba - 2012-03-21 11:04

      All I can do is just quote the family on this sad day (4 members of which are being put to rest as we chat on these comments), “Being hated by evil people is the proof of the Jew's faith in G-d.”

      Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-03-21 11:07

      Jaba ar u Jewish?

      Jeffrey - 2012-03-21 11:10

      @Shaun McDermott, Right behind you on that Shaun. When is the West going to realise that ther is no compromise with the politico/religious cult that is Islam.

      Jaba - 2012-03-21 12:11

      Remember people, this guy also killed 3 Muslims… the hate that fundamentalism creates (not Islam) is blind – it kills anyone in its way. Here the deaths of Jews & Muslims were to drive a wedge in the coexistence in France. Cosmos not Jewish, but am a Zionist (Patriotic of Israel)

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-21 12:23

      You people are so gullible. He claims to be a member, there is no proof. He could just as well be a plant. I am not a fan of any religion, but these 'muslims' are pretty much fighting so that these 'christians' get out of their countries. I think it's a fair request to ask the warmonger USA to piss off.

      James - 2012-03-21 14:23

      Fight started +-3000 yrs ago. Abe screwing Ishmael out of his birthright, Kicking him and Hagar {Arabs} out into desert.Death sentence in those days, then we have the killer Joshua, Men Women and Children etc etc. You may want to search Rabbi Elitzurs book "The Kings Torah" Or Real Zionist News, Or even the Marxist Talmud

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:23

      Cosmos, why is that relevant?

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:25

      Goodthing, "a fair request to ask the warmongering US to piss off". To you that's a fair request. I wouldn't wait around for it to happen though. Just like your ideasthat the US did 9/11 to itself, the Rothschilds of all people are the source of all evil in the world, and central banks are arms of private banks, not government.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:26

      James, the usual nonsense from you.

  • Carel - 2012-03-21 11:18

    ab

  • joeballito - 2012-03-21 12:12

    This article sucks.It describes only two of the 3 attacks the third being on muslims, if I am not mistaken,as reported on CNN news.For what reason do they omit this very important info?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-21 14:41

      Why do you think

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:26

      Not for the reason you think Goodthing, that's for sure. :)

  • Johnson - 2012-03-22 07:09

    The world conflict for the past several years were mainly from the Muslim community. Is there any other religion that has so much blood thrust in modern times like this. Revenge this and revenge that - kill this and kill that - what God of what religion wants you to kill (Did God not create all - ??)

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