Four reported dead in shooting at Jewish school in France

Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, was the site of a shooting Monday that killed four people. Photo: Ozar Hatorah/Distributed by JTA

JTA REPORT

A man riding a motorbike reportedly opened fire outside the Ozar Hatorah School, where students were waiting to enter the building at the start of the school day. The shooter then entered the building shooting at students and teachers. He then fled on his motorbike.

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Several students also were injured inside the building, according to reports. The dead adult is reported to be the rabbi of the school, according to Haaretz.

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant ordered security to be tightened around all Jewish schools in France after the attack, the French news agency AFP reported. 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly is on his way to Toulouse, according to reports.

“We are horrified by this attack and we trust the French authorities to shed full light on this tragedy and bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice,” Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

The attack followed the fatal shootings of three off-duty soldiers in and near Toulouse by a gunman on a motorbike over the past week. It was not known if the attacks were connected.

 

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