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February 27, 2013

Two arrested on suspicion they aided Toulouse killer Merah

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Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah from a March 21 France 2 broadcast. Photo by REUTERS/France 2 Television

Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah from a March 21 France 2 broadcast. Photo by REUTERS/France 2 Television

French police arrested two men on suspicion that they helped Mohammed Merah in two killing sprees in the Toulouse area last year, including at a Jewish school.

The two were arrested separately on Tuesday in Toulouse, according to Le Monde.

Merah, a 23-year-old radical Muslim, killed a rabbi and three children in an attack on the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, now Ohr Hatorah, on March 19. The slayings came a few days after Merah gunned down three French soldiers in two drive-by shootings from a scooter near Toulouse. He was shot dead on March 22 during a standoff with police.

French police have arrested and released several people and questioned dozens in connection with the shootings.

The only person in custody besides the two men who were arrested Tuesday is Merah's brother, Abdelkader, who has denied having anything to do with the shootings. Police, however, believe he was with his brother when they stole a scooter that Mohammed Merah used to escape after the shootings.

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