Same gun used in school, soldier attacks

2012-03-19 20:00

Paris - The same gun was used in a deadly attack on Monday on a Jewish school in southwest France and in the murders of three soldiers last week in the same region, a police source said.

"It was the same weapon" used in Monday's killing of three children and a teacher and two incidents last week that left three soldiers dead, the source said, saying the shooter used the same .45 calibre handgun.

France stepped up security at Jewish and Muslim schools following the assault at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse which local parents, rights groups and the government denounced as an anti-Semitic atrocity.

Last week, three French paratroopers - all of North African descent - were killed in the same region in two similar incidents after which the gunman, as in Monday's school attack, escaped on a powerful motor scooter.

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