French Shooting Suspect Dead After 32-Hour Standoff

, Posted: Thu, March 22 2012 at 8:19 AM, Updated: Thu, March 22 2012 at 8:41 AM

The suspect in the killing of seven people in and around the southern French city of Toulouse is dead after a police siege of his apartment, lasting more than 31 hours.

24-year-old Mohamed Merah, a French citizen from Algeria is a self-proclaimed member of Al Qaeda.

He was killed in the raid overnight.

Merah confessed to Monday's killings of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school and last week's shooting deaths of three paratrooper.

He said he killed to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and to protest the French army's involvement in Afghanistan.

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