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Four dead in shooting outside French Jewish school


08:21, March 20, 2012

Police officers gather at the site of a shooting in Jewish school in the southwestern French city of Toulouse on Monday morning.(Source:

PARIS, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Three children and an adult were killed in a shooting outside a Jewish school in the southwestern French city of Toulouse on Monday morning, local media reported, raising the toll up from three.

The shooting, the third of such kind in the region in a week, took place outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school at around 8 a.m. local time, just as students were arriving for school.

The gunman fled on a motorbike after the shooting.

Michel Valet, a local prosecutor said the gunman had "shot at everything he could see, children and adults, and some children were chased into the school."

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant, who rushed to Toulouse later in the morning, has ordered "to strengthen surveillance" around Jewish schools in France, Europe 1 reported.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is also expected to arrive in Toulouse at 11:30 a.m. on Monday to visit the school. He would be accompanied by French Minister of Education Luc Chatel, and President of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) Richard Prasquier.

Police in southwestern France launched a major manhunt last week after the killing of three paratroopers and the wounding of another in two separate but connected incidents. The attacker in both cases fled on a scooter.

According to French paper Le Figaro, authorities said the weapon used in Monday's shooting was the same kind that was used in last week's attacks on the paratroopers.

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