A gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three French paratroopers at a bank machine in southern France today, killing two and critically wounding one of them, officials said. It was the second such attack in a week targeting French soldiers in a public place. Earlier, the Defense Ministry had issued a statement saying all three paratroopers had died, but a local police official and a Defense Ministry official later said one of them was in critical condition.
The three uniformed soldiers had been standing at a bank machine in the town of Montauban when a helmeted assailant arrived on a motorbike and opened fire, then fled, the police official said. On Sunday, a 30-year-old soldier was fatally shot near a gymnasium in the southern city of Toulouse by an unidentified attacker. Neither the defense minister nor police announced any link between the two attacks, and the motives remain unclear.