‘Gunman’: I’ll post videos of shooting on web


French police said Wednesday they were probing a call made to a news channel by a man claiming to be the killer of seven people, who said footage of the attacks would soon be on the Internet.


The call to the France 24 news channel came just two hours before police cornered a suspect who made exactly the same claims as the caller – that he was linked to Al-Qaeda and his crimes were revenge for Palestinian deaths.

“He said he was affiliated with Al-Qaeda and that it was only the beginning … that everything was filmed … and that it would be on the web shortly,” the journalist who took the call at France 24 told AFP.

On Monday, officials said witnesses to a deadly attack on a Jewish school in which a religious studies teacher and three children were killed saw the gunman wearing a video camera in a harness on his chest.

“Either I will go prison with my head held high or I will die with a smile,” the caller to France 24 said, according to journalist Ebba Kalondo.

He also said he wanted to take revenge for the ban on wearing the full Islamic veil in public in France and for France’s participation in the war in Afghanistan, she said.

Officials said that the man holed up in the Toulouse flat had also said he had acted to punish France for its foreign military interventions. 

The call came at midnight local time on Tuesday, just two hours before police special forces in the southwestern city of Toulouse surrounded an apartment block where a suspected Islamist militant was holed up.

Officials said suspect Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian descent who has visited Afghanistan and Pakistan, bragged of being in Al-Qaeda and said he acted to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children.

Police sources said investigators were taking the 11-minute call to France 24 seriously, but could not confirm it was the same man.

The operation in Toulouse was launched after three attacks in the past nine days in which a scooter-riding killer gunned down seven people, including three Jewish children and three off-duty soldiers.

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New flights to south of France launched by Jet2

The low-cost British airline Jet2 has announced it will begin operating new services between the UK and southern France, starting in the summer of 2022.

New flights to south of France launched by Jet2
Flights will operate from May 1st 2022. Photo: AFP

When travelling is possible again, getting to Toulouse from the north-west of England is set to become much easier with the launch of new flights from Manchester Airport.

Jet2 already flies to Bergerac, La Rochelle and Nice. The company announced the new destination in response to demand for summer 2022 holidays.

Flights to the “Pink City” in south west France will operate from May 1st until October 16th 2022.

“Since putting our Summer 2022 programme on sale from Manchester Airport, we have added a significant number of flights and destinations in response to the demand from customers who want to get their all-important holidays booked in,” Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said in a press release.

Since the British government announced a lockdown roadmap on Tuesday, with plans to end England restrictions by June 21st, the company has begun to see a surge in bookings.

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However the present rules on entry into France from the UK are the strictest they have ever been, with virtually no travel allowed between the two countries and no end-date to the current restrictions.

Jet2 plans to reopen its services in mid-May.

“Following the UK government announcement that international travel will not return until May 17th 2021 at the earliest, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 16th May 2021,” Jet2 said on Twitter.