March 21 - The Jewish community in Toulouse expresses relief after police launch operation to capture suspected gunman. Nick Rowlands reports.
French police are involved in a standoff with the man suspected of killing three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse. The suspected gunman is under siege just a few kilometres from the school where the victims were gunned down on Monday. Members of the local Jewish community say people will be able to breathe easily again knowing the police have the suspect killer cornered. Others in the community expressed relief at the news, saying that local children were still reeling from the aftermath of Monday's events. (SOUNDBITE) (French) WOMAN SAYING: "We were worried. And the kids were scared of coming back to the school as they were scared that he would be back. So now, that's not the case anymore. That's it. He's been found, he is being besieged by the police forces, and it doesn't matter what the outcome is!" In a dawn raid about 300 police, some in bullet-proof body armour, cordoned off the apartment where the French-Algerian gunman was said to be holed up. Shots were heard in the early morning, and the police said three officers had been slightly injured. The suspected gunman has been identified as Mohamed Merah. He escaped from an Afghan prison in a daring Taliban prison break in 2008, the director of prisons in Kandahar told Reuters. He is believed to have told police that the attack was revenge for French military involvement abroad. He is also suspected by authorities of killing three soldiers of North African origin last week. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.