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French prime minister defends police handling of Toulouse gunman

Prime Minister Francois Fillon says police had no grounds on which to arrest gunman Mohammed Merah before he carried out three attacks in which seven people died.

(CNN) Toulouse - French police had no grounds on which to arrest gunman Mohammed Merah before he carried out three attacks in which seven people died, Prime Minister Francois Fillon told French radio station RTL Friday.

Merah, 23, who was shot dead by special forces Thursday after a siege lasting more than 30 hours in the southwestern city of Toulouse, was wanted in the killings of three French paratroopers, a rabbi and three children ages 4, 5, and 7.

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Welcome to Thursday, where Russian troops have unleashed an all-out assault on the strategic city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine’s president lashes out at Henry Kissinger for “Munich” stance and the writer of a notable “How to” essay is convicted of murder. We also look at how the plague of school shootings is not exclusive to the United States.

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