Police Concerned ‘Serial Killer’ Behind Toulouse Attack (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/19/12)
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French officials said Monday they are examining the possibility that
a serial killer was behind the murder of four Jews in southern France
after ballistics matched two previous shootings.
A motorcycle gunman opened fire on Monday in front of a Jewish school
in the southern French city of Toulouse, killing an Israeli rabbi,
his two small sons, and one other child.
"He shot at everything he had in front of him, children and adults,"
Toulouse Prosecutor Michel Valet told reporters. "The children were
chased inside the school."
Echoing French president Nicolas Sarkozy who rushed to the school to
condemn the attack, Valet also denounced the "savagery" of the attack.
Valet added that prosecutors were studying possible terrorist links,
but added that the motive for Monday´s attack was unclear in light of
On March 10, a motorbike-borne gunman shot and killed a paratrooper
in Toulouse. And last Thursday, a gunman on a motorbike opened fire
on three uniformed paratroopers in Montauban, about 30 miles from
Toulouse. Connecting the incidents might obscure the anti-Semitic
motive in attacking a Jewish school.
French media reported the paratroopers targeted in the second attack
were of Arab origin.
The attacks have shocked France and now prompted high-level
discussions in Israel.
In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the murders
as "loathsome" and vowed to aid the French authorities in bringing
the shooter to justice.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said "whether it was a terror attack or a
hate crime, the loss of life is unacceptable."
France has the largest Jewish community in western Europe, estimated
at about 500,000. France also has the largest Muslim population in
western Europe, about 5 million. Approximately 23,000 Jews live in
Toulouse. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/19/12)
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