Three dead in school shooting in France

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Three dead in school shooting in France

Published: 19 March, 2012, 10.10

Three dead in school shooting in France

A teacher and two of his students were killed when a man opened fire on parents and children waiting outside a school.

French television reports that several others were badly wounded in the incident.

The incident took place at a Jewish school called Ozar Hatorah in the Joliment area of the city.

Witnesses say the man fled the scene on a black and white scooter following the incident.

According to a preliminary investigation, the man opened fire with an automatic pistol before switching to another when it misfired.

French police say the first automatic weapon employed had a caliber of 11.43, the same as the gun used to kill three French soldiers in the nearby town of Montauban on Thursday.

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant has ordered security to be stepped up around all French Jewish schools in response to the incident. He is due to arrive in the city to visit the scene of the shooting.

 

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