Toulouse Gunman Dies After 30-hour Standoff

Toulouse Siege
Toulouse Siege

Mohamed Merah shot dead by French police.

Mohamed Merah, the man suspected of killing seven people, was shot dead by police as he leapt from the window of his apartment after a 32-hour standoff, and an extremely violent five-minute firefight. Mohamed Merah, 23, was wanted in the deaths of three French paratroopers, three Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi – all killed since March 11. The seven slayings, carried out in three motorcycle shooting attacks, are believed to be the first killings inspired by Islamic radical motives in France since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Merah told negotiators he killed to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and to protest the French army’s involvement in Afghanistan.

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