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Toulouse Gunman in Custody

All 4 hostages believed to be safe

(Newser) - A self-proclaimed al-Qaeda member has been detained after taking several people hostage in a Toulouse bank today, the BBC reports. The gunman fired a shot after first demanding money; he later released two of his four hostages. French media reported he was in custody after more gunfire was heard; the... More »

Al-Jazeera: We Won't Air French Gunman's Video

USB stick contains footage of killings, Koran readings

(Newser) - Mohamed Merah's video of his killing spree will not see the light of day, at least not by way of al-Jazeera. The network announced that the video neither provided any fresh info nor met al-Jazeera's code of ethics for broadcast. It revealed that Merah's face was never... More »

France Charges Merah's Brother

Preliminary terrorism, murder charges filed against Abdelkader Merah

(Newser) - French prosecutors today filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges against Abdelkader Merah, the brother of Mohamed Merah, the man suspected of gunning down seven people in Toulouse last week. Abdelkader Merah, 29, has been held since Wednesday pending charges; that prosecutors have filed them indicates a strong reason that a... More »

Toulouse Gunman's Brother May Be Charged

Abdelkader Merah detained, may have been accomplice

(Newser) - Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah may be dead, but French authorities are eying complicity charges for his brother, Abdelkader, reports Sky News . "Police inquiries have produced grave and matching pointers that suggest his (Abdelkader's) participation as accomplice in crimes relating to a terrorist enterprise is plausible," says a... More »

France Shooter Did Film Killings

Also: Mohamed Merah was on the US no-fly list

(Newser) - The gunman who terrorized France in recent days filmed all three of his shootings ( as suspected) and claimed to have posted them online, a French prosecutor confirmed today. Mohamed Merah, 23, filmed his alleged shootings with a camera strapped to his chest harness, the prosecutor told Sky News . In... More »

French Gunman Dies in Leap From Window

Mohamed Merah dead after 32-hour standoff

(Newser) - After a standoff of more than 32 hours, French shooting-spree suspect Mohamed Merah is dead, the AP reports. A police official confirms that Merah's death was announced today on police radio after five minutes of gunfire were heard; the French interior minister says Merah died after police entered his... More »

French Police Set Off 3 Blasts in Standoff

Mohamed Merah reportedly boasted of 7 slayings; no arrest yet

(Newser) - The tense daylong standoff in France appears to be nearing an end: Three explosions were heard near an apartment building in Toulouse where a suspected gunman is holed up. An Interior Ministry official said the suspect had gone back on a decision to turn himself in, and police blew up... More »

French Suspect Surrounded, Planned New Hit Today

24-year-old identified as Mohammad Merah

(Newser) - Conflicting reports out of Toulouse: Though USA Today reported earlier, by way of French TV , that a 24-year-old Muslim man suspected in a series of shootings had been arrested after a raid on an apartment, reports are now saying the building remains surrounded. CNN and Reuters report that some 300... More »

Police Corner French Shooting Suspect

3 cops injured in Toulouse shootout

(Newser) - Police in Toulouse have surrounded the home of a suspect they believe is responsible for a series of deadly shootings. Three police officers have been injured in a shootout with the suspect, a 24-year-old man who claims to be a member of al-Qaeda, reports Reuters . France's interior minister says... More »

Gunman Likely Filmed French School Shooting

Surveillance video shows a camera around the shooter's neck

(Newser) - As if there could be a crueler twist to the Jewish school shooting in Toulouse that yesterday rocked France: France's interior minister today revealed that the gunman likely filmed the killings. The school's surveillance video revealed that a video camera was attached to the killer's neck, reports... More »

France Puts Toulouse on Top Terror Alert

Sarkozy says riot police will secure region until 'this criminal' is caught

(Newser) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy says authorities are raising the terrorism alert to its highest level across a swath of southern France where a gunman opened fire on a Jewish school before fleeing. Sarkozy said today's attack in Toulouse , which killed three children and a rabbi, was the worst-ever school... More »

Gun at French School Linked to Earlier Shootings

Officials think same gun used in tragedy as 2 other shootings last week

(Newser) - At least three children and one adult were shot dead this morning, and five more people were injured, when a man on a black scooter opened fire near a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, reports the Telegraph . The shooting appears to be connected to two similar shootings in the same... More »

2 French Troops Shot Dead on Street

Third critically injured

(Newser) - 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... More »

Sarkozy's Party Suffers Defeat at Local Polls

Voters steamed over economy, president's marital drama

(Newser) - French voters dealt Nicolas Sarkozy another blow today in the second round of local balloting. The maverick president's right-wing UMP party lost mayorships in Strasbourg and Reims to opposition socialists, who also gained Toulouse and held on to power bases in Paris and Lyon, the BBC reports. UMP retained control... More »

Sarkozy Vows to Punish Rioters

Attacks against officers won't be tolerated, he says

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to bring armed rioters to justice after visiting wounded policemen in the hospital today, saying, “Opening fire at officials has a name—attempted murder.” More police were deployed last night, bringing violence down, but buildings and cars were burned throughout Paris and Toulouse, the BBC... More »

Riots Spread to Toulouse

Officials say violence has waned despite gun battles

(Newser) - Rioting continued in Paris tonight as youths fired shotguns and "urban guerillas" joined the melee, police said. Fighting also spread to the southern city of Toulouse, where rioters torched at least 20 cars and set two libraries briefly ablaze. Still, officials said violence was down overall as 1,000... More »

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