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France Arrests Two Over Toulouse Shootings

French police arrest two men on suspicion of complicity with Islamist terrorist Mohamed Merah.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 3/27/2013, 7:38 AM

Otzar Hatorah school in Toulouse
Otzar Hatorah school in Toulouse
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French police on Tuesday arrested two men on suspicion of complicity with Islamist terrorist Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people, including a rabbi and three Jewish school children, in the city of Toulouse a year ago.

An anti-terror unit arrested the pair in Toulouse, police officials said, without providing details on their identity, the AFP news agency reported.

Two men aged 19 and 22 were arrested a month earlier on suspicion of assisting Merah, aged 23, who was shot dead in a police siege after killing a rabbi, three Jewish children and three paratroopers outside the Otzar HaTorah Jewish day school.

They were released without charge, as were three others arrested before them, according to AFP.

French police doubt that Merah, a self-described Al-Qaeda sympathizer, could have acted alone, but the only individual charged thus far with complicity in the crime has been his brother Abdelkader.

France has seen a 45 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents since the Toulouse shootings.