Jihadist group claims tie to French killings
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
PARIS (AP) -- The SITE Intelligence Group is reporting that a lesser-known jihadist group is claiming responsibility for three shootings in southern France that left seven people dead.
The reported claim Thursday by Jund al-Khilafah, a group that has also claimed past attacks in Afghanistan and Kazakhstan, comes after Mohamed Merah -- the leading suspect -- died after a firefight with French police.
SITE, which monitors jihadist messages on the Internet, said the group issued a statement in jihadist forums saying "Yusuf of France" led an attack Monday, the day of shootings that killed a rabbi and three Jewish children in Toulouse.
French police say Merah, 23, had bragged to them that he carried out the seven slayings to "bring France to its knees."