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Suspected Merah accomplices arrested in Toulouse

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May 16, 2013 | 11:03 am

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

Two men suspected of being accomplices of Islamist terrorist Mohammed Merah were arrested near Toulouse.

Investigators believe the men, arrested Tuesday morning, are believed by investigators to have helped plan a series of deadly attacks in March 2012. One of the suspects was released on Wednesday; the second remained in custody on Thursday.

Merah, a 23-year-old radical Muslim, killed a rabbi and three children in an attack on the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, now called Ohr Hatorah, on March 19, 2012. 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.

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