Update2: AP via ABC via top99news.com:
No details at link.
Update: Despite intervening news that a suspect has been arrested, French officials are denying these reports.
Palestinian children: Thanks, but we‚Äôd rather have a bicycle. From Jihad Watch:
Major media outlets say Muhammad Merah has not been arrested, but says he will surrender ‚Äúthis afternoon.‚ÄĚ The excuse is familiar and predictable, as pretexts for revenge are a renewable resource for jihadists. There will always be a grievance, there will always be an excuse for more bloodshed, and there will always be an excuse for collective punishment of people who had nothing to do with the grievance except for some concocted guilt by association.
And no amount of bloodshed will ever be enough; for the jihadists, there can always be more. Ultimately, it is not about this or that excuse du jour. They will never say, ‚ÄúOkay, fine. That‚Äôs enough revenge,‚ÄĚ because that is not what it is about. This is about supremacism and antisemitism.
First: ‚ÄúLIVE: Police say besieged gunman to surrender today,‚ÄĚ from France 24, March 21:
French police are negotiating with a man suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in south-western France. Officials say the 24-year-old has claimed links to al Qaeda and said he wanted to ‚Äútake revenge for Palestinian children‚ÄĚ killed in the Middle East. [‚Ä¶]
Police laying siege to the home of the chief suspect in the recent killings of seven people in south-western France say the 24-year-old gunman has agreed to surrender later today.