French cops blow up package in Toulouse

2012-03-23 23:12

Toulouse - French police on Friday blew up a suspect package in a city square in Toulouse, the south-western city where a radical killer of seven died in a police shootout the day before.

Police had evacuated the square in front of the Capitole de Toulouse, the centre of the municipal administration, amid a "scarlet" terrorism alert in the region following Mohamed Merah's killing spree and death.

Merah, 23, murdered three Jewish children, a trainee rabbi and three soldiers.

He claimed to be an al-Qaeda member who killed to avenge Palestinian children and punish France for sending troops to Afghanistan.