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Four Killed in Jewish School Shooting in France

RIA Novosti

15:38 19/03/2012 PARIS, March 19 (RIA Novosti) - Four people were killed and two seriously injured on Monday when a gunman opened fire outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, French media reported.
A religious education teacher and three children were killed in the attack.

The attacker escaped on a motorbike.

The shooting took place at the private Ozar Hatorah College in Jolimont, northeast of Toulouse just before the start of classes.

The attack follows a similar shooting last Thursday in nearby Montauban, where two soldiers were killed by a helmeted gunman riding a scooter.

Four days before, another soldier was killed in Toulouse.
“All the soldiers who were killed were from ethnic minorities,” a France24 reporter said. “So this is looking like a series of racist killings.”

“It’s a scary situation. Nothing like this has happened in Toulouse in recent memory.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is now on his way to the scene, called the shooting an "abominable drama and a frightening tragedy."

He cancelled other appointments and was on his way to Toulouse on Monday morning, accompanied by Education Minister Luc Chatel and the president of the CRIF French Jewish association, Richard Prasquier.

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