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2 French Troops Shot Dead on Street

Third critically injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2012 1:17 PM CDT

(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 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.

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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. (Read more France stories.)

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