Suspect in 7 killings in France holed up in standoffwith police
TOULOUSE, FRANCE | In a tense, daylong standoff, French riot police surrounded a building in southwest France on Wednesday, demanding the surrender of a man they suspect of slaying seven victims in an al Qaeda-linked terrorism spree.
Hundreds of police cordoned off the streets around an apartment complex in the city of Toulouse after a pre-dawn raid erupted into a firefight.
Three police were wounded as they tried to arrest a 24-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent who is suspected of killing three Jewish children, a rabbi and three French paratroopers.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy pays respect during a ceremony Wednesday for three slain paratroopers. Authorities think they were killed by the gunman also thought to be responsible for the deaths of three Jewish children and a rabbi. A 24-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent is the chief suspect in the seven slayings.
A French Swatstyle police officer arrives Wednesday near the building where the suspect in a series of killings was holed up in Toulouse, France. After a pre-dawn raid erupted into a firefight, French riot police pressed for his surrender.