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article imageToulouse shooter killed in raid - 3 police officers wounded

By Anne Sewell     Mar 22, 2012 in Crime
Toulouse - French police confirm that the Toulouse shooter, responsible for killing several Jews outside a synagogue, is now dead. Three officers were wounded, one badly, in the assault on his apartment.
Its official, police in the French town of Toulouse have just confirmed that the shooting suspect, Mohamed Merah is now dead. He apparently died from a sniper shot to the head and fell from the building in hail of bullets.
Merah put up a strong resistance to the raid on his apartment and wounded three police officers before he was killed. One officer is seriously wounded.
“When we entered the bathroom he came out blazing away with a submachine gun,” a spokesman said.
Guéant, an experienced police commando, said that he had never seen anyone attack the police in such a violent way. They had to take shelter while continuing to shoot at the suspect. During this exchange of fire, Merah jumped out of the window, still firing at the police.
“He was then found dead on the ground," Guéant said.
Police had tried to detain the gunman on Wednesday night, but Merah fought back, injuring 3 officers, causing them to retreat.
According to RT, 3 blasts were heard in the area blocked off by the elite French anti-terrorist group. These were apparently caused by flash grenades. Reporters learned that police forces had entered the suspect's home.
An ambulance arrived on the scene, and paramedics carried stretchers into the building a few minutes before the assault on the apartment.
It is believed that 300 servicement have been involved in the operation, and that this is France's largest manhunt in 20 years.
Mohammed Merah, 23, was a French citizen of Algerian origin, claiming association with Al-Qaeda and had confessed to the killing of the 4 people outside the Jewish school as well as 3 French soldiers in separate attacks in the region.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently spoke at a memorial service for the three paratroopers, calling their killing "a terrorist execution." Apparently one victim was due to become a father soon, but "a killer without scruples decided that he would never meet the child to be born," Sarkozy said.
A recent Digital Journal article wrote that victims killed in the Toulouse shootings have been transported to Israel, and were to be buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
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