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".

  • robbieyahu - 2012-03-20 22:06

    EVIL stays evil !!! religion is always part of evil .... flee from religion peace4peace

  • Paul - 2012-03-21 07:37

    Banish him to the Western Cape where Jews and Blacks are not welcome.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 07:41

      Only a racist and bigot thinks like you do Paul

  • wesleywt - 2012-03-21 09:15

    Its people like Paul that unfortunately grace the Earth with stupidity

  • Habib - 2012-03-21 10:02

    IF 3 african people where gunned down in africa it would never make it to the media outlets. 3 Jews in a european country is probably worth 30 africans in africa wrt media coverage.

      Alistair - 2012-03-21 11:53

      Three children were amongst those killed by this terrorist Habib aged 3, 5, and 17. If a religious extreamist took the lives of three African children it would probably make the news. The fact is that it reflects the rising intolerance of many islamist groups within europe, and the world as a whole, It also happend at a vital time in the French political timeline, right before national elections. The story should not be treated in isolation but as a reflection of a wider social issue.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:39

      The Jewish people were the subject of the greatest attempt at human genocide in the history of humankind. SIX MILLION exterminated in the matter of a few years. This is the reason why there is continued focus on the issue, especially seeing as the fundamentalists IN YOUR MIDST, WHO YOU SAY NOTHING ABOUT, and are giving Islam there worst name imaginable, want to do the same thing. Wakey wakey.

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