French police close in on suspected school shooter

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 2:09 AM
Last updated 4:33 AM
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TOULOUSE, France - French police officers have exchanged gunfire and are negotiating with a man who claims connections to al-Qaida and is suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in three attacks.

 French interior minister says a suspect in three deadly attacks, who is holed up in a building surrounded by police, has thrown his handgun out of a window but has other weapons.

Claude Gueant said Wednesday that he is talking to a police negotiator and says he'll surrender in the afternoon. The minister says police want to take him alive.

 Gueant says three police officers have been injured in the raid on a house in the southern city of Toulouse.
Gueant says the man is 24 years old, of French nationality and says that "he belongs to al-Qaida." He says the suspect "wants to take revenge for Palestinian children" killed in the Middle East, and is angry at the French military for its operations abroad.
Gueant says the man's brother was arrested.

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