France arrests six in connection to Toulouse shooting
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France arrests six in connection to Toulouse shooting

Police nab associates of Mohammed Merah, who killed rabbi and three Jewish children in 2012

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Police officers outside the Toulouse school in March 2012 (photo credit: AP/Bruno Martin)
Police officers outside the Toulouse school in March 2012 (photo credit: AP/Bruno Martin)

French police on Tuesday arrested six men suspected of being accomplices of Islamist terrorist Mohammed Merah.

Four of the suspects were arrested in Toulouse, where last March the 23-year-old radical shot and killed a rabbi and three Jewish children outside their school, just days after killing three French soldiers.

The other two suspects were apprehended in Paris.

Most of the people arrested were related by marriage to Merah, and police hoped they could help shed light on where the killer received the money to purchase his firearms. Merah was shot dead after a standoff with French authorities. Following the shootout with police, troops found three revolvers and a shotgun, in addition to the submachine gun he used to kill the seven people.

In the months since the attacks, French authorities have arrested and released several people and questioned dozens in connection with the shootings.

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