French gunman suspected of Toulouse murders is named

March 21, 2012 11:41

The French gunman, suspected of killing four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse this week was named as Muhammad Merah, aged 24, AFP reported Wednesday.

The gunman told negotiators he will give himself up later today, French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said."He said ... he will turn himself in this afternoon," Gueant told BFM television, adding that authorities were determined to take the suspect alive so he could stand trial.

The gunman, a 24-year-old Frenchman claiming to belong to al-Qaida, threw a pistol from the window of the house in exchange for a "communication device," Gueant said. He still has an Uzi machine gun, a Kalashnikov assault rifle and other weapons, he said.

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