Three Blasts Heard at Site of Toulouse Suspect’s House

Three blasts were heard at the site of the house of the man suspected of killing a teacher and three children at a Jewish school and three soldiers.

The man has been holed up in a Toulouse apartment block surrounded by police for almost 21 hours. Each blast was accompanied by an orange light.

French special forces, which encircled the building complex at 3:00 a.m. today, were told by the 23-year-old man that he may give himself up this evening, Francois Molins, the Paris state prosecutor overseeing the investigation, had said at a press conference.

As night fell, the area around the building was plunged into darkness with all lights turned out. The suspect, Mohammed Merah, is a French national of Algerian descent, who claims to have ties to al-Qaeda and spent time on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vidya Root at vroot@bloomberg.net

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.