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Police seek ‘third man’ over Toulouse shootings

French police said Tuesday they were seeking a third person who may have been involved in the theft of the scooter that the Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah used to carry out seven murders.

Merah’s brother Abdelkader has already been charged with helping his sibling steal the powerful Yamaha scooter used in the series of shootings – including the murder of three young Jewish children – that shocked France.

A police source said the third person, whom police have not yet identified, was also possibly involved in buying scooter accessories for Merah and may have helped try to neutralise the anti-theft tracking device on the scooter.

Investigators believe Merah carried out his killings alone but may have received logistical help from his friends and acquantainces, and in particular from his elder brother Abdelkader.

Abdelkader Merah was charged on Sunday with complicity in the murders and remanded in custody. He was also indicted for involvement in preparing a terrorist attack as well as the theft of a scooter used in the shootings.

Mohammed Merah, who said he had links to Al-Qaeda, died Thursday in a hail of police bullets after a 32-hour stand-off with police at his apartment in Toulouse, southwest France.

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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 Jet2.com 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.

READ ALSO: Will summer holidays in France be possible this year?

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.

https://twitter.com/jet2tweets/status/1364188796506562561

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