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Knife-wielding woman arrested outside Toulouse Jewish school

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February 6, 2013 | 10:31 am

Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, France. Photo by REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, France. Photo by REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

A knife-wielding woman was arrested after threatening a student of the Toulouse Jewish school where an Islamist radical murdered four people nearly a year ago.

The 51-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday outside the Ohr Hatorah school (formerly Ozar Hatorah) after she brandished the knife in a threatening manner in front of a 16-year-old boy exiting the institution, according to Le Depeche, a French news site. The teen returned to the school and told authorities about the women, who was arrested shortly thereafter.

According to Direct Matin, a news website and daily newspaper, the woman shouted anti-Semitic slogans and “appeared mentally unstable.”

On March 19, 2012, Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old jihadist fanatic, gunned down Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, along with his two young sons, Aryeh and Gavriel. He also killed Miriam Monsonego, the 8-year-old daughter of Yaacov Monsonego, the school's director.

Merah was killed two days later by French police while trying to escape a police raid on his home. Last week, French police arrested two of his acquaintances on suspicion that they were involved in the school shooting and Merah’s earlier slaying of three French soldiers, but they were released a few days later.

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