French victims shot in head at close range

2012-03-20 19:44

Paris - All seven people slain in three attacks in southern France by a suspected anti-Semitic serial killer were shot in the head at point blank range, the prosecutor leading the investigation said on Tuesday.

Francois Molins, who as chief Paris prosecutor oversees counter-terrorism inquiries, said the unidentified gunman knows now that he is being hunted and warned that he is therefore "likely to act again".

Molins said France had sent 200 investigating magistrates and specialist police officers - including members of the RAID special forces team - to Toulouse to track down and detain the killer.

He said police believe a single gunman was responsible for the murder of an off-duty paratrooper on March 11, of two of his comrades on Thursday and of a rabbi and three Jewish children at a school in Toulouse on Monday.

He said the attacks had been classified as terrorist crimes because under French law "the definition of terrorism is not a political definition but a judicial definition".

"It would appear the circumstances of these three killings gravely disturbed public order by intimidation or terror and thus can be characterised as acts of terrorism under the terms of the penal code," he said.

He added that the killings could be "racist and anti-Semitic but still also terrorist".

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