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France launches massive manhunt over school shooting

21 Mar 2012 12:22

Islam Times - France has launched the greatest manhunt in its history for a suspected serial killer a day after four people were shot dead at a Jewish school in the country’s southwest.

The attacker shot and killed a rabbi, his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons, and the 10-year-old daughter of the school principal. A fifth person was also injured in the incident.

French police have linked the incident to two other shootings which took place last week. Three soldiers of North African or Caribbean descent were targeted in the attacks.

Police sources say the same gun was used in all the attacks.

Although the gunman has not been identified, it is suspected that he may be a former right-wing military member.

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant says the shooter may have recorded his crime, as witnesses reportedly saw a video camera around his neck.

The main suspects in Monday’s shooting at the Ozar Hatorah school are three former paratroopers with neo-Nazi tendencies.

Following the attack, Gueant ordered heightened security measures around all Jewish schools in France.

France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. Around 700,000 Jews reside in the country.