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Three Blasts Heard at Site of Toulouse Suspect’s House

March 21 (Bloomberg) -- 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

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