French shooting suspect, police exchange gunfire

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TOULOUSE, France — French police officers have exchanged gunfire and are negotiating with a man who claims connections to al-Qaida and is suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in three attacks.

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant says three police officers have been injured in the raid on a house in the southern city of Toulouse.

Gueant says the man is 24 years old, of French nationality and says that “he belongs to al-Qaida.” He says the suspect “wants to take revenge for Palestinian children” killed in the Middle East, and is angry at the French military for its operations abroad.

Gueant says the man’s brother was arrested.