The Standoff with Shooting Suspect Continues in France

French authorities surround a 4 story apartment building in the southern French city of Toulouse trying to apprehend…
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French authorities surround a 4 story apartment building in the southern French city of Toulouse trying to apprehend suspected killer, Mohammed Merah.

According to CNN, two shots were heard around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. French authorities are not sure what the shots were related to, but it has been noted that the suspect at large told authorities that he wanted to die with weapons in his hands.

The 23-year-old, unemployed auto-body repairman bragged about a 10-day killing spree that left     three Jewish children, a rabbi and three French paratroopers dead. Merah told police negotiators that he was linked to a group associated with the Al Qaeda.

Authorities made efforts to talk the suspect out of the apartment, and then cut off the gas and the electricity.  Explosions were heard shortly before midnight on Wednesday, when authorities tried to scare Merah by blasting the walls of the building where he was hiding. The siege has been under way for over 24 hours.

Reports say that Merah is not expressing any kind of remorse for the killings, but instead told authorities that his only regret was “not having more time to kill more people.”

Security officers are under strict rule to bring Merah in alive.

The massive man hunt began Monday after a gunman bombarded a Jewish school in Toulouse killing three children and rabbi at point blank range. Reports say that the gunman chased an 8-year-old girl and shot her in the head. The school attack was followed by two drive-by attacks that left three French paratroopers dead.

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