A man on a motorbike opened fire outside a Jewish school in France, killing one adult and two children. It comes days after three soldiers were shot dead by a man on a scooter in the same part of France.
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Reports saying that the dead were a 30-year old rabbi who taught at the school, the rabbi’s five-year-old son and two eight-year old children.
“He shot at everything he had in front of him, children and adults,” he said. “The children were chased inside the school”.
The prosecutor said the suspect probably used two weapons, including one of a large calibre.
Update – (Jewish Press) – Visiting school teacher Rabbi Yonatan Sandler and his sons Aryeh and Gavriel – all of the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood in Jerusalem – were identified as 3 of the victims of Monday’s shooting attack on the Ozar HaTorah Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday. Another victim, 8 year-old Miriam Monsonego, was the daughter of school principal Rabbi Yaakov Monsonego.
Times of Israel – At least three people have been killed at a Jewish school in Toulouse, police say.
French news channel BFN reports that one adult and two children are among the dead.
France 24 news reports there are four injured in the attack and the shooter is believed to have fled. Two of the injured are in critical condition.
The shooting took place at a drop off point outside the school, according to the BBC. Police say the man shot into a group of 4-5 people.
The shooter is believed to be on a black scooter.
Interior minister Claude Guéant is on his way to Toulouse
Sheets shield the body of a victim of the shooting as an investigator photographs evidence at the scene.
Euronews – At least three children are among four people who have been killed in a shooting outside a Jewish school in Toulouse in south-western France.
Five people were injured in the incident, which occurred as students were arriving for morning classes at the Ozar Hatorah school, according to local officials. They added the man had arrived on a scooter before opening fire and then driving off.
The local state prosecutor said he “shot at whatever was in front of him.”
It comes after two similar attacks in the same region in recent days. Two soldiers were shot dead in the town of Montauban last Thursday. That followed the killing of another serviceman, in Toulouse, three days earlier. He was gunned down by a man who fled the scene on a scooter.
Police have said the same type of weapon was used in both those assaults, and French media are reporting the same calibre weapon was used in this morning’s attack.
Murdered in cold blood: Jonathan Sandler and his two sons, six-year-old Aryeh (left) and Gavriel, three (right) were all killed by the moped-riding gunman outside Ozar Hatorah schook, in Toulouse.
Police search for evidence near the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, where witnesses say three people have been killed. Photo: AFP
CNBC – [...] A rabbi at the school, identified as Rahamim Sabag, told Israel’s channel two television that the dead were a 30-year old rabbi who taught at the school, the rabbi’s five-year-old son and two eight-year old children, one of them the daughter of the school’s principal.
A spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry, Yigal Palmor, expressed outrage at the killings: “We are following with great shock reports coming from Toulouse and we trust the French authorities will solve this crime and bring those responsible to justice.” A spokesman for the interior ministry said that security was being tightened at all Jewish schools in the country.
About 50 investigators are already looking into the killings of two soldiers on Thursday in the town of Montauban, close to Toulouse, as they tried to withdraw money from a cash machine close to the barracks of the 17th parachute regiment.
UPDATE 3/20/12: French investigators think the gunman may be linked to, or even one of, a trio of French paratroopers who were discharged for links to neo-Nazis
Image capture of thesun.co.uk's home page showing the three neo-Nazis suspected of involvement in the Toulouse shooting.
Times of Israel- [...] Later reports indicated that French investigators think the gunman may be linked to, or even one of, a trio of French paratroopers who were discharged for links to neo-Nazis, having been pictured posing with a swastika in 2008. The French daily Le Point said their profiles matched the initial information about Monday’s killer.
In an apparently separate incident, threatening letters were sent to two Parisian synagogues on Monday. According to the French Police, letters saying, “You are the people of Satan, hell awaits you” were sent to synagogues in the capital’s eighth and 19th arrondissements.
Times of Israel - Israeli leaders slam EU foreign policy chief for linking Toulouse and Gaza deaths
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday condemned a statement made to Palestinian youngsters by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton during a Monday UNRWA event. Ashton listed the morning’s slaying of three Jewish children in Toulouse as one in a series of cases she cited of deaths of children in various “terrible circumstances” around the world, including those killed in Gaza.
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman meets with Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem on Jan 25, 2012.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak also took issue with Ashton’s comments, saying she had erred and that he hoped she would retract. Opposition Kadima leader Tzipi Livni echoed the criticism.
Calling Ashton’s statements “inappropriate” for their implied equation of the Toulouse case with the deaths of children in Israeli Army actions in Gaza, Lieberman defended the IDF: “The Israeli army is the most moral army in the world, whose soldiers desperately work to minimize civilian casualties … despite having to fight terrorists operating within a civilian population.”
Lieberman, who is currently visiting China, said he hoped Ashton would review her comments and retract them, adding that he would like to hear her opinion on the plight of Israeli children living in fear of rocket attacks from Gaza.
Ashton, speaking at an UNRWA youth event in Brussels on Monday, cited a list of events — including the deaths of the French children, deaths of Belgian children in a recent bus accident, killings in Syria, Gaza, and the massacre of more than 70 people by Anders Breivik in Norway last year — as examples of children losing their lives ”in all sorts of terrible circumstances.”
“When we remember young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances — the Belgian children having lost their lives in a terrible tragedy, and when we think of what happened in Toulouse today, when we remember what happened in Norway a year ago, when we know what is happening in Syria, when we see what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world — we remember young people and children who lose their lives,” she said.
Ashton congratulated the perseverance of Palestinian youth. “Against all the odds, they continue to learn, to work, to dream and aspire to a better future,” she told them.
Opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni also spoke out against Ashton’s remarks. “The EU’s foreign minister’s comparison between the murdered children in Toulouse, murdered children in Syria and the situation in Gaza is inaccurate and annoying. A hate crime or a leader killing his people are not the same as a country fighting terror, even if civilians are killed,” said Livni.
UPDATE: Toulouse Killer Shot 8-Year-old Girl in the Head
The killer of four Jews in Toulouse got off his motor bike to grab an eight-year-old girl and shoot her in the head, an eyewitness said.
Arutz Sheva – The killer of four Jews in Toulouse got off his motor bike to grab an eight-year-old girl and shoot her in the head, an eyewitness said.
Miriam Monsonego was the last of his victims after the murderer, described as in his 30s, killed Rabbi Yonatan Sandler and his two sons, Aryeh and Gavriel, outside the Ozar HaTorah Jewish school Monday morning. He was standing with his two sons while waiting for a bus to take the children to a pre-school, the London Telegraph reported.
After killing the Sandlers, the killer got off his bike without removing his helmet and went through the school gate. Children fled, but Miriam was not able to get away from his clutches. First, the killer critically wounded a 17-year-old student and then grabbed Miriam, put a gun to her head and shot her.
He then returned calmly to his motor bike and sped off, leaving behind his victims and a shocked country, where violent anti-Semitism has been far from rare.
Footage from security camera revealed that the killer was calm. “He assassinated them as if he was killing animals,” according to Nicola Yardeni, the regional president of the French Jewish umbrella group CRIF, quoted by the Telegraph.
“You see a man park his motorcycle, start to shoot, enter the school grounds and chase children to catch one and shoot a bullet into her head. It’s unbearable to watch. He was looking to kill,” Yardeni added.
Miriam was the youngest child of the administrator of the school. “That evil man ran after her and shot her in the head. He has devastated us,” family relatives told the Maariv Hebrew-language newspaper. The father, Yaakov Monsonego, directed the school for 20 years.
Family of Rabbi gunned down in France speaks from Jerusalem
May G-d avenge their innocent lives.
UPDATE: Click on link below for updates about the showdown.
Firefight erupts between French police and suspected Toulouse murderer, Algerian national with links to al-Qaeda
Update: One sick bastard
Via NY Post: France terror fiend posted video he took of girl’s execution
The Muslim fanatic who killed seven people in France was so proud of his unspeakably evil work that he uploaded sickening video to the Internet showing him executing a helpless, terrified 8-year-old girl, officials said.
Mohammed Merah is seen yanking Myriam Monsenego by her hair — then firing a bullet into her head while he holds her.
Officials believe Merah strapped on a camera before each murder and posted the videos on jihadi Web sites, where he believed they would inspire other al Qaeda wannabes.
Myriam was slain outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, where Merah also killed a rabbi and the rabbi’s two young sons.
Merah’s earlier victims were French paratroopers.
Before shooting one soldier, Merah proclaimed, “You kill my brothers; I kill you!” — a reference to France’s military presence in Afghanistan.
Four days later, when he shot two more soldiers, Merah shouted, “Allahu akbar.”
He was killed yesterday after a 32-hour standoff at an apartment building where he was holed up.