4 KILLED IN TOULOUSE SHOOTINGS
The French news channel BFM said one adult, a teacher, and two children were among the dead. Witnesses told French media that one adult and two children were among the dead. They said a man opened fire on people waiting at a school drop-off point and then fled on a motorbike. Last week an off duty French soldier of Caribbean origin was shot dead by an motorcyclist in Toulouse.
* Investigators examining possibility that three soldiers dismissed from army over neo-Nazi activity linked to Monday’s attack on Jewish school, previous attacks on French soldiers from their own regiment. The three soldiers were expelled over claims they were neo-Nazis, the local Le Point newspaper reported.
* According to Franceinfo news website, on Tuesday 03/20/2012 afternoon, – the three former neo-Nazi paratroopers were located, interrogated and cleared from all suspicions related to the recent attacks. One of them was already questioned after the Montauban shooting, on 03/15/2012, in which the three French paratroopers were killed.
According to eyewitnesses The man who went on a shooting spree in a Toulouse Jewish school may have recorded his crime with an extreme sports video camera strapped to his chest – equipment suggested by Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik (see – Utoeya Carnage ).
* An Al Qaeda linked group ‘Jund Al Khilafah’ has claimed responsibility for the shootings in Toulouse, according to a statement posted on jihadist websites on Thursday 03/22/2012.
The statement was pulled from some websites shortly after it was posted but remained on several other websites. According to US monitoring group SITE, Jund Al Khilafah has previously claimed attacks in Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.
* Approximately 85 Frenchmen have been training with the Pakistani Taliban in the North Waziristan FATA area for the past three years, according to French intelligence officials. The Frenchmen operate under the name Jihad-e-Islami and are being trained to use explosives and other weapons at camps near the town of Miranshah and in the Datta Khel area, the officials said. They are led by a French commander who goes by the name Abu Tarek. Five of the men returned to France in 01/2011 to find new recruits, according to the officials. It’s unclear whether Mohmmed Merah was among that group.
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