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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:26 AM

French gunman siege 'nearing end'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17469878

The siege of a gunman suspected of seven killings in southern France is nearing its end, police sources say.

Three loud explosions were heard from the apartment block in the city of Toulouse at about 09:30 GMT, with reports police are now inside the flat.

The siege of the building where Mohammed Merah, 23, is holed up has lasted more than a day.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant had said Merah wanted to die "gun in hand" and there was no contact overnight.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:33 AM

1. live video at link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/17471313


Key points

* French police launch operation to gain entry to the flat in Toulouse, where the suspected gunman alleged to have killed seven people has been hiding for more than 30 hours.
* Unconfirmed reports say the first elite troops have entered the flat - no sign of the gunman, Mohammed Merah.
* The man has claimed affiliation to al-Qaeda and said he acted to "avenge Palestinian children". He also fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan, authorities say.
* The funerals of six of the victims - three children, a teacher and two soldiers were held on Wednesday. One soldier is due to be buried on Thursday.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:42 AM

2. CNN: FRANCE STANDOFF SUSPECT DEAD nt

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:44 AM

3. that's too bad -- i was hoping they would have captured him. nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:31 AM

4. It looks like they tried

Latest reports say he jumped from a window to his death.

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