Sus­pect in 7 killings in France holed up in stand­of­fwith po­lice

The Washington Times Daily - - World - BY JO­HANNA DECORSE AND SARAH DILORENZO

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHO­TO­GRAPHS

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.

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