Islamic Suspect Killed in Standoff with French Police

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An Islamic jihadist, suspected in the murders of at least seven people, was killed Thursday in Toulouse, France, after a 32-hour standoff with police.

Mohammed Merah, 24, died during a firefight Thursday morning, after police entered his apartment. Two police officers were wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

Police believe Merah, who claimed affiliation with al Qaeda, shot and killed three French paratroopers the week before gunning down a rabbi and three children on Monday at a Jewish day school in Toulouse.

During hours of negotiations on Wednesday, when the standoff first began, Merah said he was proud of the killings.

Law enforcement officials say the murders are the first in more than a decade in France to be inspired by radical Islamic motives.

The Jewish victims were buried in Jerusalem Wednesday morning.

Thousands of people gathered at the final resting place of Rabbi Jonathan Sadler, 30, his little sons, Gabriel, 3, and Arieh, 6, and Miriam Monsenego, the 8-year-old daughter of the school's principal.

Israelis mourned the ages-old phenomenon of targeting innocents just because they're Jews.

Meanwhile, a new survey confirmed that anti-Semitism is on the rise in many European countries, including France.

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